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Nov 13

“It’s my body and it should be my choice”

Posted By iamincontrol | November 13, 2014

Just like the rest of America, I love Jennifer Lawrence. It is refreshing to see a female celebrity who comes off as funny, strong, and wonderfully flawed. Her appeal as a public figure and as a woman goes far beyond her sexuality—which is why the malicious nude photo leaks last month were so upsetting to millions of people.

In the comments sections of articles about the leaked photos, I saw some disturbing trends. By sending her partner these pictures in the first place, ‘she was asking for it’; many people were calling her horrible names. Other comments focused on picking apart her body, calling her ‘fat, ‘not so great.’

The sad thing is, sexual exploitation like this happens all the time—both to celebrities and to people like you and me. It seems like every few weeks over the last 3-4 years I’ve read a news story about sexting gone wrong, or leaked Snapchat photos. Why did it take a celebrity scandal to get the whole country talking about this as a form of bullying??

In typical fashion, J-Law came out and bluntly condemned those responsible for the leaks in addition to people who searched for and looked at the pictures.

“Just because I’m a public figure, just because I’m an actress, does not mean that I asked for this,” she said. “It does not mean that it comes with the territory. It’s my body, and it should be my choice, and the fact that it is not my choice is absolutely disgusting. I can’t believe that we even live in that kind of world.”

The upside of these leaks is the dialogue it has sparked around this kind of ‘un-consensual pornography.’ For every nasty comment about Jennifer Lawrence’s body, I saw multiple defenders who called the leaks for what they were: cyber-bullying, sexual harassment, and a disturbing reminder of how fragile our privacy is in the age of the Internet.