What's so shameful about nudes?

September 06, 2017

If you have spent any length of time on the internet, you'll have probably heard of 'The Fappening'. 

If you don't know what I'm talking about, it is all about pictures/videos of (usually female) celebs being leaked onto the world wide web. These pictures are often nudes, of a sexual nature, sex tapes, private images etc. that are uploaded onto sites like 4chan and reddit by hackers who take the images and upload them without the person's consent.

I'm not going to go into great detail about how obviously wrong this is. Stealing anything from anyone is awful but publishing private images for the world to see is another level of shitty.

What I do want to talk about is how we view nudes and why we are still shaming women for taking them.

Recent hacking victim and WWE star Paige recently expressed that she thought her husband may leave her after a sex tape was posted online. She even went as far as to say she felt like 'physically harming herself' because of what millions of people were saying to her online.

How and why are we continuing to shame women for their sexuality to the point where they feel so bad about themselves that they accept they should be punished? It's all too easy to shrug our shoulders and be all "well she shouldn't have filmed herself/taken that image if she didn't want people to see it". But why shouldn't she?

Why do they always say they made a 'mistake'? What's so awful about taking a sexy picture of yourself? If it makes you feel confident and it's something you want to do, then why not? Why are women continually put in the 'slut' box for being naked? It's so confusing to me. We all have bodies. All have tits, bums, vaginas, nipples, balls etc. Yet we're gobsmacked should we see one while browsing. This hacking for personal images culture is a juxtaposition in itself. We seek out private pictures, post them and then call the woman a slut. Eh?

It baffles me that women are forced to apologise for nudes. For what? For documenting a day they looked and feel great? For capturing a time in their life where they were happy with themselves, with their bodies? We celebrate nudity and continue to pump money into the porn industry and the sexualisation and objectification of women - but it becomes a problem when a woman takes a little control and takes pictures of herself. 

Sex is such a natural process and while yeah, I don't want millions of people watching me do it, we shouldn't shame those who have tried filming a risky video. When videos/images are leaked we always put the woman down. Always say she's weird, slutty, crazy etc. Did you think that a particular couple wasn't having sex? Why is it so shocking to find out they are? Why is it so shameful to see a woman being sexual?

While the thought of my own body jiggling around while being filmed is enough to give me anxiety for a year, I still don't care for shaming those who have done just that. Let people be people and accept that women have sex. Women get horny. Women are sometimes naked. Women sometimes want to show the world when they're feeling confident.

What do you think of this whole 'nude' culture?

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