December 29, 2014

Oof. Heavy. But Brave Response. [Adult]

Relephant update: “Revenge porn” website owner Convicted of identity theft & extortion. (america.aljazeera.com)

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


I did the [new] pictures and tried to radically subjectify myself and challenge the picture of what a person like me could be…”

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 “…this is not about me being afraid of bodies or me being afraid of sex. This is about me valuing consent…”

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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.

Sources: r/TwoXChromosomes via onewomanarmy.ca via original: Emma’s essay and photo series by Cecilie Bødker can be found at: here & here

Foto Cecilie Bødker Jensen

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“Danish Activist Emma Holten Has Released Her Own Naked Pictures In A Fight Against Objectification.”

Read here if prior link not working: mirror cache

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.

Emma is speaking out against objectification by…read the rest here, here, here [photos].


Bonus: Two other women who will inspire you to make a difference:

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Christopher Jan 31, 2016 12:41am

The problem with this is that the pictures that the old, non consensual images still exist on the internet and all this young woman has managed to do add some consensual images to the mix. How is this changing anything?

Her account was hacked. This is what hackers do. Hackers hack. They overcome the defensive measures put in place to protect the identities and information of the users of a given site and then do as they wish with the data they steal. They are bad people and bad people do bad things. Hackers that would share her nude photos with the world don’t aren’t going to be like, “Oh, I didn’t realize it was about consent, I’m sorry, I shouldn’t have done that.” No, they already know that what they’re doing is wrong and they do it anyway. They don’t care.

Storing naked pictures in a cloud or on some other external storage medium is inherently risky activity. Those who hack and share another’s nude pics without their consent are wrong to do so. However, it is also true that acting in an unwise manner comes with risks that are greater than acting in a wise manner. One cannot remove all risk, but the likelihood of facing a situation like this is infinitely higher for those that store nude pics digitally than for those who do not.

Getting naked for a new camera, in a consensual way, is going to change nothing except maybe grant this young woman her fifteen minutes of fame and a soapbox with which to preach to the converted.

Unless those who hack the images are punished, nothing changes and their capture is highly unlikely. These new pics may serve this young woman as some sort of symbolic gesture. Nothing she’s doing addresses the real risks of the world we live in and instead proposes meaningless gestures as empowerment. This will have no impact outside of increasing this young woman’s fame. Maybe that’s the point after all.

Rik Van Horn Dec 26, 2015 10:09am

This is an admirable woman.

david Dec 25, 2015 1:59am

Well done Emma for taking control of your body and how it is presented. You are showing that it is possible to be erotic without exploitation or humiliation – in fact with empowerment. I hope that horrible part of your life is over.

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