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Taylor Brown: Rebuking “Revenge Porn” Apologists

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PRACTICE “IS AT BEST A VIOLATION OF PRIVACY, AT WORST SEXUAL ASSAULT”

taylor|| By TAYLOR BROWN ||  A relationship is built on trust. A good relationship is one where both parties trust each other wholly and completely.  A good relationship is one where neither party disseminates naked photos of the other party – even if it ends.

Live and let love, if you will.

Unfortunately not everyone sees things in this light.

This website – guided by the ultra-libertarian, maturity-challenged views of its founding editor, Will Folks recently addressed what happens when this trust is broken via the dissemination of these nude photos (a.k.a. “revenge porn”).

From that post …

This website has repeatedly written against laws seeking to outlaw “revenge porn.”

“Unlike a lot of porn floating around the world wide web “revenge porn” is generally obtained with consent. Willing consent,” we wrote back in 2013. “And this process generally doesn’t involve any legally binding prohibitions against the future dissemination of said material.”

Again, this is simple: If you don’t want your junk out there … don’t put your junk out there.

Let me be 100 percent clear – Will Folks does not speak for every contributor – no matter how infrequently they write.  I stand resolute in my belief that revenge porn should be completely illegal, and if one is caught distributing pornographic photos of their ex, he or she should be prosecuted.

“Why? She sent them to him!” you may say …

Yes, in most cases (let’s not even open up the “hacked webcam” can of worms), yet she never gave him permission to distribute them to her coworkers, boss, family, or world.  This, in my opinion, is a form of sexual assault.

And to say “well she shouldn’t have sent them” is the same argument rape victims face constantly – “you shouldn’t have been out so late!” “You shouldn’t have been wearing that!” “Well why’d you drink so much – you were basically leading him on!”

Do you think a woman (or man) wants the rest of the world to see the most intimate parts of her body?  I doubt it.  It’s essentially no different than if any man came up to a woman and just lifted up her shirt – against her will – because her ex was mad and said he could.

If you don’t subscribe to this form of thought, you should at least believe it’s a violation of privacy.  If you have a problem with what the National Security Agency (NSA) does in tracking you/invading your privacy — as Will Folks has written about ad nauseam — you should have a problem with this.  Even if someone consented to have their pictures taken, they didn’t consent to have those photos disseminated to a mass audience.

Watch this John Oliver clip about revenge porn:

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What the f*ck?!  A woman has to copyright her genitals in order for it to be a crime?!  This is the most absurd thing I’ve ever heard.  She literally has to send in photos of her naked body to a bunch of strangers in Washington, D.C. in order to not have a bunch of strangers ogle her body online.

I went against my better judgement and read the comments on FITS’ recent revenge porn column.  Jesus, y’all; Seriously? Is it only a crime if the woman is ugly?  Shame on you.

What if it was your child who naively trusted their intimate partner with their most intimate parts – would you want to see their lives ruined by the actions of a scorned lover?  I doubt it.  Would you want his or her future to always be tied to pornography or how their naked body looks?  Does this disgust you thinking about your child’s body in a sexual manner?  GOOD.  IT SHOULD.

Revenge porn is at best a violation of privacy and at worst sexual harassment or assault.

I call upon the federal government and the state governments to ban revenge porn and to create stiff penalties for those who propagate the naked photos of their former intimate partner.

If some sexual assaulter/ ex-boyfriend can’t have respect for privacy, let them suffer the harsh legal repercussions of their actions.

Taylor Brown is a 20-something Wofford College graduate who somehow got sucked into politics at an early age.  She is easily won over with Rush’s fast food, wine, and spirited political arguments.