The day Jennifer Lawrence broke twitter


If it is possible I am even more bothered today than yesterday over the leaked photos of Jennifer Lawrence. A crime was committed people’s personal information was hacked, and no one seems to care about that because Jennifer’s nipples broke twitter. I know that photos of other people besides Ms. Lawrence were leaked, but most of the hubbub I personally saw was related to Ms. Lawrence.

I am disgusted at the misogyny of the act. I am angry at the total lack of respect for women in general that society seems to possess. People are treating this gross violation of privacy as a joke. The memes that I have seen are shameful. I am disappointed in the blatant objectification of women. I am sickened at the fact that the hacker is being celebrated.

It is entirely irrelevant that those women chose to record an image of themselves of a deeply private and intimate nature. It is not on the victim to take “enough” measures to protect herself, to dress a certain way, travel in groups, wear special nail polish, or what-have-you to in hind-sight to protect one’s self.

What is missing here is a little thing called consent. When actors or models are photographed or videotaped for work (I am thinking nudity in film) there is consent. And these actors are made to feel safe on sets. If someone really wants to see nudity, browse or purchase nudity which has been created with consent. 

We all should have a reasonable expectation to privacy. I am trying to think how I personally would feel if I had nude photos of myself posted to a revenge porn site. Even if they are not nude photographs, we all have items on our smart phones that we would not want not want leaked to the world.

Celebrities don’t sign away their private rights for a movie deal or recording contract. Celebrities are human beings and should not be treated as commodities in their non-working moments.

I know that pictures of say, Brad Pitt or Niall Horan from One Direction would also generate publicity, but I don’t think it would have been the same in volume or tactlessness.

I am angry, but I am also resigned, disgusted, and saddened. As a human, these people deserve basic dignity and I cannot believe how many people are laughing and making jokes at these women’s total violation of privacy. Celebrities are humans, too. Give them some damn respect.


Top Immigration Court Hands Huge Win to Battered Women Seeking Asylum.


In First for Court, Woman Is Ruled Eligible for Asylum in U.S. on Basis of Domestic Abuse.

The nation’s highest immigration court has found for the first time that women who are victims of severe domestic violence in their home countries can be eligible for asylum in the United States. The nine-page decision helps clarify the interpretation of broad and vague language in the legal definition of a refugee. Foreigners may qualify for asylum if they have a “well-founded fear of persecution” based on race, nationality, religion, political opinion or “membership in a particular social group.” Women’s rights advocates have argued that victims of domestic violence fit into the social group category, but immigration judges have been skeptical.

It’s the first time that this court has recognized a protected group that primarily includes women. The ruling offers a glimmer of hope to asylum-seekers who have fled horrific abuse. Before Tuesday’s decision, immigration judges routinely denied asylum to domestic violence victims because US asylum law does not protect people who are persecuted on account of their gender.

Some critics predicted the numbers of foreign women seeking asylum could soon overwhelm the system. “A lot of these cases are undeniably horrific, but do we want to destroy our refugee system to make these ultimately political statements about domestic violence?” asked Michael M. Hethmon, a lawyer who argued in the case for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, a group that seeks reduced immigration.


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