Excuse My Rant: Revenge Porn

Naked Rebel June 12, 2013 0

Revenge porn is wack. Point. Blank. Period. I’m an avid watcher of many types of on-screen lovin’, but revenge porn is just not one of them. If you’re not familiar with this genre of “porn”, I’ll get you up to speed with a scenario. Jack and Sally date for 6 months, and during this time they send each other nudes just like any other new-aged couple. They break up amicably, but Jack decides he wants to play a cruel joke on Sally. Jack uploads Sally’s nude photos to a website without her consent. He also includes her Facebook page and phone number to add insult to injury. Sally is soon alerted to her photos being distributed without her authorization, but its too late. The content has gone viral. There is little she can do to truly persecute Jack criminally. She must face embarrassment, ridicule, and emotional distress. This scenario mirrors what frequently happens to women and  men worldwide.

Another way that people people are getting exploited with this scheme is through dating services like Craigslist. People will exchange emails with someone who they believe could be a potential suitor. Unbeknownst to them the person is a con-artist. Almost like a catfish situation. They will eventually end up sending nudes, not knowing it will end up on the “suitors” website. When the victim attempts to get the photos down, the web host will demand money in exchange. What a devious little plan.

Fortunately for victims and future victims, states nation-wide are trying to pass legislation to go after these scumbags. The state of California is a forerunner in the race to pass legislation. An excerpt from the bill states:

This bill would make it a misdemeanor for any person who, with the intent to cause substantial emotional distress or humiliation to another person, by means of an electronic communication device, and without consent of the other person, electronically distributes, publishes, emails, hyperlinks, or makes available for downloading nude images of the other person along with personal identifying information of the other person.

There are two main reasons why I am against revenge porn:

  • People are becoming increasingly wary of sending nudes because scumbags are ruining it for the rest of us who just want to see a little titty. Thus decreasing the likelihood of the rest of us getting xxx-rated photos.
  • It’s immature. Why would you want to ruin someone’s life because you’re jaded or you just think it’s funny? A freshman at Rutgers University killed himself due to this craziness. Revenge porn gets people fired from jobs, ruins reputations, and damages people emotionally.

In conclusion, the next time you’re tempted to send a nude…crop your head out. Also make sure that no identifiable marks are shown (tattoos, moles, birthmarks, etc.). It would suck to be the next internet sensation….but in a ruin your life/you didn’t make the decision for yourself type of way.

 

Source:
Wolford, J. (2013, June 6). Revenge Porn Targeted by California Lawmakers | WebProNews. WebProNews – Breaking News in Tech, Search, Social, & Business. Retrieved June 7, 2013, from http://www.webpronews.com/revenge-porn-targeted-by-california-lawmakers-2013-06

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