Saucy Snapchats and Revenge Porn…

So one of the other students on Campus Society, offered some very profound advice on dating yesterday.

Always be careful in giving explicit photos to partners! Especially if they’re petty or you haven’t been together long (but not exclusively).

Naturally, I had an opinion, I had these gems to share:

I don’t think it’s a case of the taker being careful. It’s down to the receiver not being a dick.

It’s also very much about trust. If you don’t trust the person completely, just Snapchat them instead.

Omg let’s take this one level back. Can developers just effing not. If you don’t give people the tools to do stupid shit, they won’t.

Now I want to make sure everyone understands, the blame for intimate images of men and women the world over appearing outside of their intended recipient, lies solely with the person sharing the images. You can stop blaming the victim, you can stop blaming the makers of the app. You must put 100% of the blame on the person who shared the images without the subject’s permission, and in most cases without them knowing. I don’t ever want to hear, “well, he/she should not have taken the photo.” There are so many things wrong with that statement it’s hard to know where to start unpacking it.

Let’s start with the biggest issue here, Consent. Unless someone explicitly says “yes, please share my images” you do not have their consent and even if they did say that, don’t be the dickhead who shares them. Let the subject of the image share them if that is their desire. Simple.

Now let’s tackle Morality. Would you like it if someone shared an intimate image of you with the masses? No, I didn’t think so. So don’t do it to them.

Lastly, the Legality. You do not own the image simply because it was sent to you. Copyright and Ownership of the image does not transfer upon transmission. This one is particularly important for the younger generation around 18. If the person in the image is under 18, you can actually be charged with child pornography offences and so can they. Having a sex offence on your personal record will ensure that its 10000x harder for you to find a job, and jail is not a place you want to end up. Governments are changing laws around the globe to cover revenge porn and associated behaviour as well, so you could be convicted of a range of offences. All that because you shared a picture that didn’t belong to you. Sounds extreme but I can guarantee with social issues like this in front of a court, you will be made an example of.

DOES IT SEEM WORTH IT NOW?

Didn’t think so.

I have been single in this new technology age. I have been/am also in a relationship. I use snapchat. I send picture messages both on and off line. I have had intimate images of me viewed by persons who were not the original or intended recipient. Does that mean I shouldn’t take them? No. I will take whatever photos I want. Does it mean that someone else owns the rights to those images? Fuck no. This is a black and white area. There is no grey here. The only person who has the right to share images of themselves, of an intimate nature, is the person in the images.

Let’s look at this from another example. I’ve had photos taken of me whilst I’m asleep. Intimate images. Who owns the rights to sharing that image? Me. Not the taker of the photo. The subject. This is a super important distinction to make. No matter how the image originates or where it is stored, it is the property of the person captured. All rights are assigned to them.

Another situation which has happened a few times in recent history, images stored in the cloud. Nothing changes. The owners of those images are the subjects and all applicable rights remain intact. So if you are one of those crazy stupid hacker people that do these things for kicks, stop. You’re not cool, you’re a criminal. Hacking the software to prove you can or to show a company the weaknesses in their online security is one thing and perfectly fine, stealing the data they hold and then sharing it in a public format absolutely is not and I hope your fingers fall off.

Now, I am all for free speech, Gender rights and the freedoms to do as we wish, however I am a staunch supporter of privacy and keeping in line with the law. Privacy is a big thing, and if I want to take a spicy picture to send to my boyfriend to excite him or make his day more interesting, I fuckingwell will and you know what, just because I took that photo and sent it, does not mean I forgo my rights to that image. I do not release my rights to my boyfriend to share with his mates (he never would). I do not release my rights to anyone who decides to hack my phone and take those images. I do not release any rights if I lose my phone and some fuckknuckle manages to guess my passcode without blowing up my phone first. I don’t, Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Watson don’t, Orlando Bloom and Justin Beiber certainly don’t, release our rights to our private images for people the world over to stare at, comment or judge.

If you still think it’s ok to share these images, you belong in jail.

I’ve included my picks for sauciest snapchats as well. I do not however assign my rights to them, and do not consent to them being shared elsewhere. You may however link to this blog page.

Stace

NB: the author of this article is acknowledges that revenge porn is not gender specific and occurs across the gender spectrum. If you are or believe you are the victim of Revenge Porn, please contact your local police in the first instance and your solicitor in the second. 

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