Jennifer Lawrence has officially spoken publicly about the nude photo leak that happened just over one month ago, and she nailed it.
A lengthy article will be released in October 9’s Vanity Fair where she discusses her thoughts, feelings and observations regarding what happened to her. While some choose to hide in shame, and others may feel like they should apologize, she bluntly put the issue squarely in the spotlight so no misunderstandings could be had about who’s at fault, and why.
Just because I’m a public figure, just because I’m an actress, does not mean that I asked for this. It does not mean that it comes with the territory. It’s my body, and it should be my choice, and the fact that it is not my choice is absolutely disgusting. I can’t believe that we even live in that kind of world […] It is not a scandal. It is a sex crime. It is a sexual violation. It’s 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. ~ excerpt summary taken from TheMarySue
She not only discussed the websites involved and those people who exploited the situation, she also turned her thoughts toward those who’re close to her having also gone ahead to look at the photos, thus exacerbating the situation.
You’re perpetuating a sexual offense, she said. You should cower with shame. Even people who I know and love say, ‘Oh, yeah, I looked at the pictures.’ I don’t want to get mad, but at the same time I’m thinking, I didn’t tell you that you could look at my naked body.
Why is her speaking out like this a big deal? Because she IS speaking out. She’s refusing to back down. She’s making sure people truly understand that this IS a crime, that it should NOT be something that she (or any other public figure) should be expected to deal with and simply “shrug it off.”
With someone like Jennifer Lawrence in the ranks, a woman who’s extremely successful, talented, and down-to-earth awesome as a whole, who’s been publicly subjected to a misogynistic sex crime and has, despite the disgusting nature of it, embraced it to address an increasingly prevalent issue, it’s easy to see that the ongoing fight for feminism is truly (finally) taking hold.
Men and women alike (for sexism goes both ways): Be strong. Be courageous. Your situations can fuel a revolution in how we perceive and treat gender, all you have to do is speak up. Speak out against sexism, against gender discrimination, against sex crimes that others claim are normal. While one voice can be hard to hear, a plethora is hard to ignore, and with the increasing amount of media attention on feminism I’d say it’s getting pretty loud out here, wouldn’t you say?