It’s not often that I get to come here and sing the praises of a feminist writer. To be fair, I can’t say with 100% certainty that the author of the post I’m about to spotlight, Alice Hines, is in fact a feminist. But judging by her past work and some tweets, I think it’s pretty safe to say that she is. Keep in mind, I don’t agree with all the conclusions made in this article, but it’s quite refreshing to see someone from her side of the aisle call out the glaring double standard that we see when men are exposed in public with their nude pics and sex tapes versus how women are treated when the same thing happens to them.
Just think about it. Hulk Hogan was made the butt of jokes worldwide after his sex tape was featured on Gawker. What happened when celebrity women got similar treatment a couple years later? Jezebel, a member of the Gawker Media family, pitched an absolute fit.
They were hardly alone, as Ms. Hines points out…
Non-consensual sex tapes, and their cousins, non-con nudes, are a phenomenon which mostly impacts women. In 2014, after 600 private iCloud accounts were hacked, nude photos of celebrities including Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst, and Jennifer Lawrence spread over the internet. In Vanity Fair, Lawrence called it “disgusting” and “a sex crime.”
That’s just the tip of the iceberg. I can’t tell you how many think pieces I read from feminists and their allies in the media on this subject because their number were innumerous. You were basically a rapist if you watched any of the leaked videos or indulged in the nude photographs of Jennifer Lawrence and company. Contrast that with how Hogan was treated…
“The scandal has gotten as absurd as a Hulk Hogan haircut,” wrote The Daily Beast. “Gigantic slab of orange-tinted meat Hulk Hogan is devastated,” read the beginning of a New York Magazine lead. Compare these reactions to the ones in the wake of iCloud photo hacking: “This is about women being shamed, objectified, and treated like property,” wrote Vox. “The ‘don’t take naked pics if you don’t want them online’ argument is the ‘she was wearing a short skirt’ of the web. Ugh,”tweeted Lena Dunham. After a wave of furious articles, the New York Times published an explainer on “Why Leaked Nude Photos Are Another Frontier for Feminists.”
It’s funny that I didn’t see Lena Dunham out there pounding the mat for Hogan. Where were all these feminists when it came to the violation of his privacy? Where were all the long ass posts about how everyone who watched his tape was a rapist? They were nowhere to be found. It’s just one more entry in the Hypocrisy of Modern Feminism Encyclopedia. Still, I have to give credit where credit is due, in March 2016, there is now at least one. The article Hines put out a couple days ago was intellectually consistent and that makes it a rarity when it comes to talking about SJW-type talking heads in the media.
Again, she seems to end the article by coming down on Gawker’s side on the actual court case (she has written for them, after all). But even putting out something like this is worthy of applause. I can’t think of any other post of it’s kind off the top of my head. Sure, there have been a ton of stuff written about this by people like me, but unfortunately, it sometimes carries more weight when it comes from someone like Hines. For that alone, kudos are in order. Yes, it’s taken years for something like this to emerge, but I’ll try my best not to be as salty about that aspect. Now, if only the rest of the media would jump on board, we might really have something here.