The other night I was at a strip club and clinked beers with a lesbian when the cute blonde with dermal piercings took off her thong, and I thought, "This must be what it's like when girls talk to gay guys about shoes"
Thank you, @CaitlinRenee.
@districter I think you misunderstood me. I wasn't trying to absolve myself, or say that it was OK because "everyone else was doing it."
I was mostly just stating facts- I agree with all the points the author made, yet I still took 30 seconds out of my day to take a look. Call it morbid curiosity- I didn't really get a sexual thrill out of it.
As easy at it is to look at this through a "fight the patriarchy" lens, I honestly think it's more of an Internet thing. On the Internet, it's hard to remember that those names and faces are actually other people.
If someone stole my friend's phone and start posting pictures of her naked photos on phone poles over town, I'd be horrified, and angry. And yet online, because it's some celebrity that I don't know, it's almost incidental.
Other Internet-centric stuff has been pretty easy to see during this incident. The viral outrage. The short memory (No one got too mad about Pam Anderson's leaked sex tape. Everyone mocks politicians who have photos leaked.). The immediate descent into demonizing anyone you're arguing with (I assume @commanderbanana wouldn't have been shrilly accusing me of loving rape and kiddy porn if we were chatting at a party).
So, yeah. As easy as it is to turn this into a simple "Damn those men" thing, since we all love JLaw (wait, when did we start calling her that?), I think it's more complicated than that. It's a combination of our culture's celebrity fixation, and the Internet's sense of entitlement, and viral meme dynamics, a bit of madonna/whore complex, and maybe a dozen more things.
@Poubelle No, I wasn't trying to justify anything. Perhaps take it as a commentary on the nature of the Internet?
I was more, "Yeah, this is fucked up, but I still took 30 seconds out of my day and had a look." Kind of like rubbernecking at a traffic accident- it's total bullshit, doesn't help anything, you're not going to see anything you didn't see before, and yet everyone slows down to glance over.
@TheGenYgirl Meh, I'm more upset over the caliber. "Pigturd," really?
@mabellegueule No... I agree with the points- I think it's a gross invasion of privacy, I definitely don't think they should somehow be blamed for having private photos, or that they somehow "deserve it" because they're pretty or famous.
Totally agree with your points. The "You shouldn't take nude photos if you don't want them to possibly be seen by other people" thing especially annoys me. It's like saying "You shouldn't order stuff online if you don't want your credit card number stolen!"
That said, I totally looked at them anyway, because... Internet.
On On Mike Brown: "What I have is you and the God who gave you and the God who just may take you away"
As shitty as this situation is, I wanted to mention the "administrative leave with pay" thing. People always focus on this, because it sounds so outrageous. "Oh, his buddy cops are just giving him a vacation until this all cools down."
As I understand it though, it works like this: The officer is put on leave, while any legal processes are happening. They do the actual court case FIRST. Then, the findings of the court case are used to inform any internal disciplinary actions.
If you think about it, it makes sense to do it that way. You can't punish someone until you figure out exactly what they did. And the process of finding out what he did, well, that sounds exactly like what the court case will be doing.
And then imagine if he was suspended without pay, and it turned out he was innocent, that'd be an entirely new legal shitstorm.
So, yeah. I'm not saying that police corruption, cronyism, whatever doesn't happen, but I wanted to let people know that just because you see "leave with pay" doesn't mean he'll automatically escape justice. This is just the order they do things in.
@heyderpette You are a thought criminal.
But yes, "coitus" is pretty terrible.
I'm just glad "moist" isn't part of the word cloud. People who whine about the word "moist" always come off like they're chasing some imagined zeitgeist, along with people who make a big deal of how scary clowns are.
I really want a baguette with honey and brie, now.