Bad Puns & Sex Offences
Reddit and 4chan both generate endless content, some of it incredibly fascinating. On paper they both stand for free speech and privacy, too. Just in reality it gets adjusted to their convenience. Good privacy means governments can’t read your emails or see your pictures. Bad privacy means no access to someone else’s private images. Freedom of speech is good only if it’s in unison with their opinion. A few years ago Adrian Chen wrote an article for Gawker on Michael Brutsch. He's the infamous redditor Violentacrez who ran the subreddit r/creepshots. Aptly named, it featured images of women taken without their knowledge or consent. What followed was a reddit wide ban of any links to sites related to Gawker. Outing him was obviously the worst thing to happen since Hiroshima or the holocaust. Privacy should only apply to those marvelling in a big cosy pile of misogyny. Both sites are user generated so there isn't only the one opinion but unfortunately this is the majority of it. For reference, see the below graph comparing r/funny - its most popular subreddit - to r/fappening. The latter is the place where crying men go to complain about the pictures being removed. Leaving aside the fact r/funny isn't that funny at all, in an ideal world this could be posted on r/WTF - the sub for the most shocking content - and it would be voted to the top. Only in reality it wouldn't. WTF, right? Both the idea of this god given right as well as the lack of understanding are symptoms of rape culture. Of course a nude picture isn't as bad as rape. The two can't be compared. Regardless, both are forms of sex offence. To argue this attention is flattery is dangerously close to saying rape is a compliment. Maybe fearing a cosmic revenge, redditors went on to donate money to Prostate Cancer Foundation to redeem themselves. There are too many dick jokes waiting to be made, but the charity went on to refund all donations. “We would never condone raising funds for cancer research in this manner. Out of respect for everyone involved and in keeping with our own standards, we are returning all donations that resulted from this post,” their statement read, referring to reddit’s appeal. Look, a charity didn’t want the money because they found the way in which it was raised wrong. It's not enough to make people think. Instead some witty wanker went on to say, and this is a direct quote, “Since the PCF has returned donations I say we instead donate to water.org. Water is a fundamental human need and right and, since we all seem to be thirsty motherfuckers, it seems like the place to go.” Donating to charities is a wonderful thing to do but it's not a way to redeem oneself. Doing one good thing doesn't void doing something bad. The fact there's a presence of guilt is good, but it's not enough. It's still just to make oneself feel better. The wellbeing of these women isn't even an afterthought, and that's not ok. The features image of Jennifer Lawrence is really the only one those on r/fappening should be looking at.
Seriously, do not forget that the person who stole these pictures and leaked them is not a hacker: they're a sex offender.— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) September 1, 2014