Tits Or GTFO; Why The Internet Wants Naked Starlets

Tits Or GTFO; Why The Internet Wants Naked Starlets

Just some of the celebrities whose iCloud accounts were hacked.
Filed under: 
Opinions

If you haven't had access to the internet for the last couple of weeks, or happen to be a recluse hiding in a cabin deep in the woods, then you may not be aware that recently there was a mass online leak of naked celebrity photos.

Stars such as Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst and Kaley Cuoco are among a long list of celebrities whose iCloud accounts were hacked. Explicit photos, videos, contact information, even their private texts are among some of the private and personal content that was stolen from their accounts. Photos of the nude celebrities were uploaded to 4chan, a photo sharing site, with the alleged hacker posting a list of all the celebrities whose privacy he’d violated.

"The Fappening" is not something to laugh at.

Web dwellers have named the event “the fappening” (for its supposed masturbatory content), and claiming that these women were “asking for it” by allowing naked photos of them to be taken in the first place. Despite this being both a serious violation of what little privacy these celebrities had to begin with, as well as a heinous sex crime, it’s given us all a first class ticket to see rape culture up close and personal in today’s society.

The list, which can be found here on The LADbible, features exclusively female celebrities. Despite Justin Verlander allegedly appearing with Upton in several of the photos, and claims that there’s a film with Dave Franco and Alison Brie, the men in the content are nothing but scenery while the women serve as the focus of this poorly named “scandal” (the Globe and Mail does a great job of explaining why calling this a scandal is both inaccurate and wildly insensitive).

A rape joke is never something to laugh at

Why? Because it’s only entertaining when women are victims. We live in a culture that celebrates rape jokes, believes a woman has to be on her period to be upset, and thinks the glass ceiling is either an antiquated term or a design choice. We've been so conditioned to subjugate women that there’s even a Tumblr dedicated to women who believe that they don’t need feminism. Calling yourself a feminist is like calling yourself a leper; no one wants to be around you in case they catch what you have. Women have been raised to be afraid, repulsed, or ashamed of their bodies, yet flaunt them for men to admire. But be careful not to flaunt it too much, or else you’ll be slut shamed and deemed a social pariah.

This isn't a joke.

Men, on the other hand, have been taught to feel strong and confident in their own skin (which isn't to say that men don’t suffer from a host of body image related conditions, including bulimia or body dysmorphic disorder). They’re encouraged to brag about their sexual “conquests,” that men should be sexually voracious and sow their wild oats while they can. We’re in a society that’s encouraged the mentality of “he who holds the penis holds the power.”

This might seem extreme, even ridiculous, but think about it.

Dick pics have existed since the dawn of the camera phone. Everyday women, and underage high school girls, are unwillingly assaulted with pictures of male genitalia. These photos are often treated like a joke, without people giving them much thought. However these pictures can pressure young women into taking naked photos of themselves because they've been taught they need to reciprocate, even if the pictures sent were unsolicited. It’s become such a problem, especially for girls, that the RCMP have even released an app to help girls deal with answering them.

Revenge porn ruins lives.

Unlike the dick pics, though, these photos can ruin a woman’s reputation and life. They aren't a laughing matter, they aren't a joke, and they’re not something fast forgotten. Women can lose their job over them, lose their friends, become a social outcast, and even face rejection from their family. These pictures, which were for private use, can be published to public forums for the world to see. They’re used to control, manipulate, and blackmail women.

The reason Redditors, 4chan users, 9gagers, and anyone else who’s been involved showing these intimate photos of female celebrities, continue to spread the images around are because they’re powerless. These people who victimize female celebrities by shaming them for their private photos are just looking for a way to dominate powerful women.

J Law flipping people off.

Jennifer Lawrence, for instance, is an incredible woman. Funny, smart and talented, she has it all. She’s a Hollywood powerhouse, Academy Award Winner, and a strong individual. So how can society knock her down a peg? By stealing her private naked pictures, exposing them to world, and then shaming her for taking them in the first place. What she does in the privacy of her own home is no one’s concern but hers, yet online audiences have been chastising her decision to allow herself to be photographed. The fact that people have been focusing on her nude photos, and not the fact that they've been stolen and illegally distributed, shows us an exceptionally problematic cultural thought process.

Audiences don’t care about naked men because they’re not the focus of cultural subjugation, women are. One is a joke, one is a victim, but neither one is funny. When it comes to our culture of rape tolerance and propagation, we don’t care about naked men.

It’s tits, or get the fuck out. 


Photo credit: Header, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Share this article

Comments

Content Stream

When Toronto and Montreal get together, you get pure magic. Elliston (vocalist) and Montreal producer Azlo met online and decided to work through facetime sessions as well as back and forth trips to put together a dozen songs that they stripped down to 4, making their latest collaborative EP titled...
Our homeboy idkcharlie just dropped a new tune, more specifically his own rendition of "Just a Dream" by Nelly - The production was done by fellow producer Deegs who gives it a modern-day twist. Listen to the track right here:
Young emerging artist Ruben Young is kicking off 2019 with a new track. Hailing from Calgary, Ruben’s raspy timbre and modern soul- crooner vibe will hit the spot at the right tones. His latest synth-driven R&B track titled "Golden Hell" is one you will be playing on repeat as your mind drifts...
Montreal's nightlife scene is notorious for its eclectic crowds, avant-garde fashion, and wild times. People travel from all over the world to come party in this city. Whether it is to hear good music, watch good looking people dance the night away, or to end up at one of those wild afterparties...
Montreal's nightlife scene is notorious for its eclectic crowds, avant-garde fashion, and wild times. People travel from all over the world to come party in this city. Whether it is to hear good music, watch good looking people dance the night away, or to end up at one of those wild afterparties...
Montreal's mona on the radio is back with a fresh new single and bright colored visuals to accompany it. I spent way too long being super sad over this 1 girl…. instead of dwelling over all these “what if’s,” i just realized that it’s ok... for so many reasons, some things don’t last forever. We...
This autumn was a turning point for Les Louanges . Named Breakthrough artist of the year at the GAMIQ awards last Sunday, the young singer-songwriter won over critics and audiences with the release of his debut album, described in VOIR as possibly one of the best Quebec albums this season. Today,...
Another one. idkcharlie hit us up recently to make us listen to his latest single off his upcoming EP titled Bootleg Prince dropping on December 1st. The song titled "Wassi" showcases a more eclectic and aggressive side of idkcharlie , and we livin' for it. It comes accompanied by a music video,...
"Big Bag" is the first collaboration that VNCE CARTER , Dead Obies' producer, will release in the next year via Make It Rain Records . Watch the video above.
Fake Shark just released their new album Walking Through A Fantasy and we can't get enough of it. Written from a place of pain and isolation, the 7-track album explores the darkness of escapism and delicate space between sleep and being awake. Though filled with up-beat, danceable melodies, the...
daysormay have been captivating listeners across the globe with their epic sounds and impressive songwriting chops since the release of their debut EP, Talk Peace To A Wolf . Today, the group gives fans a first taste of new music, with a video for their brand-new track, "Role Model" . It went...
It takes two. Montreal artist Maryze just dropped a new single titled "Men Like You" - a collaboration between her and Vancouver-based producer and singer Ciele . It addresses sexism and sexual abuse in the music industry in particular, but serves as a message of solidarity and support to all...