After an Australian TV show made a social media post shaming women who had their private photos leaked, feminist writer Clementine Ford fought back with nudity.
When WILL women learn they're not safe? (via BuzzFeed)
Revenge porn enthusiasts had a big day recently when they hacked the accounts of more than 500 women, and posted/stole nudes galore. How you respond to nude photo leaks says a lot about how you see women's right to their bodies.The Australian TV show Sunrise responded with a Facebook post saying, "What's it going to take for women to get the message about taking and sending nude photos?" which seems to be saying that when someone breaks into your computer and steals private photos, it's your fault. For being violated.
"When will women learn?" Welcome to the 50's, where women are incompetent and men are inherently right #forshamesunrise @sunriseon7
— Nicholas Ng (@nicholasng) June 19, 2015
Okay. One way to look at it. This is Clementine Ford's response to them:
Here's my favorite excerpt:
When will women learn? Learn what? That our bodies do not belong to us? That we have no right to determine who sees those bodies, touches those bodies, fucks those bodies, and shares in those bodies? Honey, we don't need to learn that. We already know the answer. We don't have those rights. We are not allowed to be the masters of ourselves, only the gatekeepers.
Fuck your bullshit, Sunrise. You're an antiquated, pedestrian piece of rubbish and you truck in misogyny and everyday sexism. Consent is what happens when you give permission. Theft and assault is what happens when people take it from you despite you saying no.
Ford is a well-known writer in Australia and the post quickly went viral. She's gotten a ton of responses! Including, of course, a lot from men who'd like to see more nudity.
Maybe this one is open to interpretation. (via Clementine Ford)
Yahoo!, which owns Sunrise, has since offered an apology and taken down the offending post:
We apologize unreservedly to anyone offended by a post that was made on theSunrise Facebook page regarding nude photos and online security yesterday, and in particular to the victims.Whilst it was not our intention we appreciate that the wording of the post was insensitive. The post has been removed.
In a follow up, Ford told BuzzFeed why she felt the need to speak out and how she feels about the response she's getting:
"Women aren't supposed to be in control of the kind of attention they seek and enjoy. If we're harassed on the street, we're told to accept it as a compliment and chastised for complaining. If we make a statement ourselves, particularly one involving our bodies, we're ridiculed for being whores, sluts and attention seekers. It just drives home to me the fact that so many people are confronted by the idea of women being autonomous beings with the right to say yes and no when they feel like it."
An important social critique, carried far and wide by B00bz.