By MAMAMIA TEAM
Yesterday, the privacy of 101 famous women was violated in a depraved way that we’ve never before seen on this scale. Their phones were hacked and their intimate photos and videos were stolen. The headlines have been about J-Law whose photos were immediately released by the hacker who also published a list of 100 other celebrities, from pop stars to sportstars whose naked photos he claims to have.
All of these celebrities are women.
And that’s why this is not just a story about celebrities. This is not just a story about the merits of taking nude photos of yourself and whether that’s a dumb idea. It’s not wannabe reality stars ‘leaking’ sex tapes for a bit of extra publicity. It’s not harmless fun. It’s not even fodder for a conversation with kids about sexting.
This is a targeted violation of each of these 101 women. This is about the mass humiliation and shaming of women, using their own bodies and sexuality as weapons against them.
Each of these 101 women is talented and successful in her field, whether it’s acting or soccer. And the underlying message this revolting list sends is: despite that, or maybe because of that, they deserve to be brought down, ridiculed, trivialised and exposed. Reduced to nothing more than their breasts and their genitals.
In a way it’s almost a threat to women who dare to be successful. Your achievements are irrelevant. On the whim of an anonymous hacker you can be humiliated and shamed them at your most vulnerable and trusting, whether you’re famous or not.
And like any kind of sexual crime against a woman, this one is about power. This hacker is not just saying, “I have rad hacking skillz, hire me please”. He’s saying “I don’t care how powerful, hot, or successful you are. I don’t care about your privacy, your dignity, or your modesty. I don’t even care about you enough to tell you when I’m going to release photos of you naked. I have them in my possession and I’m in control here. You are mine.”
This is the ultimate example of a man possessing a woman’s body. Against her will, without her permission, and completely without consent, he has accessed photographic evidence of the thing men everywhere want to see: The objects of lust we as a society have elevated above all else. Her naked body.