Jennifer Lawrence’s silence on the naked photos stolen from her phone has been broken. Upon the hacking of her iPhone in late August, the images were published across the Internet. It seems unbelievable that some people still do not understand one principle: A woman’s body is NOT public property. Private pictures are meant to be shown only to the desired recipient. Women’s bodies are not objects, to be whistled at from afar in a dirty truck or to be commented on as she walks on by. No one “asked for it” to happen to them.
Jennifer Lawrence aptly describes what happened to her, categorizing the event as a sex crime. She said, “It is a sexual violation. It is disgusting.The law needs to be changed, and we need to change. That’s why these Web sites are responsible. Just the fact that somebody can be sexually exploited and violated, and the first thought that crosses somebody’s mind is to make a profit from it. It’s so beyond me. I just can’t imagine being that detached from humanity. I can’t imagine being that thoughtless and careless and so empty inside.”
Jennifer Lawrence will be featured on the cover of the November edition of Vanity Fair (cover below). The cover highlights an important issue: that she participated in this photo shoot willingly, knowing that one image would be chosen to grace the cover. The difference between the cover below and the release of her (fully) naked photos is mere consent.
The FBI and Apple are now investigating the hack, and Ms. Lawrence is urging for the enactment of digital privacy laws. Let’s hope that this exploitation will be the last.