I’ve noticed something worrying in the local news scene where women are being blackmailed by their boyfriends or ex-boyfriends or ex-partners into paying them large sums of money or risk nude photos taken of the women being exposed.
I cannot help but wonder “Why do women allow nude photos to be taken of themselves in the first place?”
I’m referring here to compromising photos taken willingly, not of hidden cameras or photos secretly taken or photos taken under duress. I’m also not referring to the artistic style nude shots using models favoured by some photographers.
Sometimes, such photos of the naked women are taken using mobile phones or are downloaded onto laptops or computers and then when these gadgets are sent off for repair, they get leaked out pretty much like the Hong Kong artistes scandal last year. Or their partner then starts holding it against them, threatening to embarrass them through exposure.
I think as women we bear a responsibility for ourselves. We should not, in the heat of the moment, allow men or anyone to take incriminating photos or photos of yourself in compromising positions that may just land you in hot soup in the future. If you can feel embarrassment at your naked photos being exposed to the public then you should feel the same embarrassment when taking them in the first place.
Young girls especially who are impressionable should be taught not to remove their clothing at every opportunity lithe nubile young body or no. I’ve read about young girls doing it for the money or for some cheap thrill by stripping for web-cameras and putting their pictures online. Its dangerous and it can be demeaning.
Trust is a wonderful thing, but trust can be abused and if someone tells you to allow a naked photo to be taken to show you love them, I think its time to reexamine the ideas of love and trust. Just like with drugs, it should be ok to say no to taking naked photos… unless of course you are perfectly comfortable with the idea and with the threat of exposure.
I can’t claim to understand why this worrying trend prevails and I do not know if its happening elsewhere in the world, so please feel free to discuss or share your thoughts
Stay beautiful… and clothed!