the only domestic instinct my parents have managed to pass on to me is the tendency to hoard multiple plastic bags in another plastic bag despite the fact that I will probably never need this many plastic bags in my adult life

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But women can never be careful enough, can we? If we take naked pictures of ourselves, we’re asking for it. If someone can manage to hack into our accounts, we’re asking for it. If we’re not wearing anti-rape nail polish, we’re asking for it. If we don’t take self-defence classes, we’re asking for it. If we get drunk, we’re asking for it. If our skirts are too short, we’re asking for it. If we pass out at a party, we’re asking for it. If we are not hyper-vigilant every single fucking second of every single fucking day, we are asking for it. Even when we are hyper-vigilant, we’re still asking for it. The fact that we exist is asking for it.

This is what rape culture looks like.

This is what misogyny looks like.


my little cousin got bit by a house spider and she was crying so i went to get some stuff to soothe and numb it but before i could even walk out the door i heard her quietly whisper ‘i can’t handle the responsibility of being spiderman’

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The bulk of the commentary, across blogs and news networks, was from men who couldn’t believe their luck. In their eyes, they had been granted an intimate glimpse at a woman who, despite her standing as sexiest woman alive (Esquire, 2007), had kept a level of personal privacy unusual in Hollywood. There was copious use of phrases such as ”at last” and ”my prayers have been answered”. So far so gross, but there was a more sinister tone to the response. In a comment on the Los Angeles Times website, an anonymous wit typified the attitude to these sorts of leaks: ”If you don’t want your naked photos seen, don’t take naked photos!” It’s not just armchair commentators who subscribe to that view, with the editors of celebrity gossip sites expressing similar sentiments. ”I usually never remove images I get from hackers or third parties,” Nik Richie, founder of, told E! Online. ”When you’re a public figure, you’re looking for attention as far as press and media.” That ”they’re asking for it” approach to celebrity is the nastiest aspect of the leaked photo market. There’s a huge difference between a celebrity seeking attention at a press call or on the red carpet, and having their private photos distributed against their will. It’s an issue of consent: Johansson’s standing as a celebrity is not a free pass to invade her private life. People ask, ”Why does she have nude photos of herself on her phone?” The answer to that is simple: because Johansson, like everybody else who has ever snapped a photo of themselves to send to their partner, is human.

Here we go round the mulberry bush! I wrote this - in 2011 - about the last large-scale nude photo leak. You will be amazed to find, upon today’s news that Jennifer Lawrence et al’s photos have been hacked and distributed widely, that nothing has changed!

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