I stumbled across this video on The Guardian’s website. It is rather chilling. It features Danish activist against non-consensual pornography, Emma Holten and she shares her experience and how she managed to overcome the victim shaming and blaming and the impact of revenge porn in her life. The video I believe really deserves a watch BUT it may not be safe for work although its actually quite tame. Just a heads up to anyone who has a conservative boss or colleagues.
Just stop for a second and try to imagine… WAKING UP AND SEEING YOUR PICTURES OF YOUR NAKED BODY ALL OVER THE INTERNET? Maybe you are not one of those people who does the ‘nude’ image thing – fine, me either, but what else is potentially as damaging? Think about other things you’ve shared online, ‘in private’ that we wouldn’t want others to see – conversations, opinions, edited images of people you don’t like, thoughts about your boss – whatever and we are potentially exposing ourselves to greater harm. Just like in the case of nude pictures. In the hands of a malicious hacker, who is known or even unknown to you, there could be dire consequences…. Emma dealt with this in a unique way by addressing the issue head on with posing nude consensually which as she explains in the video a lot of people found counter intuitive however she explains that the deeper meaning behind doing it – she consented to it.
“Consent is key. I did this.
Just as rape and sex have nothing to do with each other;
Pictures shared with and without this consent are completely different things. ”
I don’t know if consensually posting nude images online is the solution to this debate but it certainly creates a stir and gets people to think about the greater picture (no pun intended). It certainly screams a lot of girl power… and let’s be honest this chick has balls! I believe this video is powerful in empowering others who have been in this situation.
What are your thoughts?
If you are interested in Emma’s personal blog, you can view it here.