Someone stole naked pictures of me. This is what I did about it – video
“Four years ago, intimate photographs of Danish journalist Emma Holten were posted on the web. Thousands viewed them and she still receives online harassment. The issues of revenge porn and hacked photos are part of a larger problem with our relationship to consent, she argues. So Holten decided to pose for and release a new set of pictures of her body. Here she explains why
• WARNING: THIS VIDEO CONTAINS NUDITY.”
“…this is not about me being afraid of bodies or me being afraid of sex. This is about me valuing consent…”
A proper English translation of her essay is online now: http://www.hystericalfeminisms.com/consent/
“Brave victim of revenge porn becomes activist, fights for justice, and publishes her own nudes on her own terms. Very Badass!“
Her photos show her as a human being, as she is, in everyday acts–brushing her teeth, reading a book, laughing—and not merely as a sexual object to be exploited, as she was when she was 17.
On a simple level, she has re-established her un-asked-for role in media as a human being, and is bringing to light an area of sick interest that very few of us know about or care about, but (too) many of us are exploited by.
This young woman is brave, and inspiring, effective, eloquent, and moving. This is not a subject I’d thought about, previously—”revenge porn” is an incredibly sad world and I’m sorry she had to go through what she’s gone through–but I’m glad to see her be a heroine to help others through her experience. ~ W.
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Emma Holten is a revenge porn victim. But she is a lot of other things as well. A 23-year-old Danish woman. An activist. A feminist. A writer. A Tumblrer. A daughter.
But according to Emma, the media – like many others she comes across daily – only seems to see the former. They see the Google-able photos of a naked 17-year-old girl standing in her ex-boyfriend’s room, which were posted and sold on the internet against Emma’s will and they automatically assume that they’ve got her figured out. A slutty teen perhaps, a mortified casualty of a break-up gone wrong, a strong survivor and/or the rest of the bullshit assumptions that are associated with revenge victim portrayal.
But out of the box they put her in, Emma has emerged to re-claim her exhibited body. Earlier this fall, the young Danish activist released a personal essay about her experience with revenge porn and a new lot of naked photos shot by photographer Cecilie Bødker on the Danish feminist magazine Friktion’s website, as a big “Fuck you” to the never-ending cycle of exploitation that she and many other women deal with when their naked bodies are exposed without their consent. It’s not the cover of Vanity Fair like Jennifer Lawrence had to talk about her experience, but it’s her platform.
Bonus: Two other women who will inspire you to make a difference: