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I mean, I’m not saying that we can enforce this as law or anything. I also might be wrong about this. But:
Just as a general rule, I feel like we should not look at pictures of the breasts or genitalia of people who would rather we not look at pictures of their breasts or genitalia.
As a corollary to that general rule, I would add that I don’t see anything wrong with looking at pictures of breasts or genitalia of people who have invited us to do so. There seem to be plenty such pictures for us to get a reasonably good grasp of, like, the diversity of unclothed human anatomy without having to look at people who wish we wouldn’t.
This seems pretty straightforward to me. Yes, the photographer(s) who photographed Kate Middleton’s grainy distant breasts were violating her privacy. But so do people who choose to look at those pictures.
So maybe we can just agree not to? And this goes not only for princesses, I would argue, but also for people who send things to their romantic partners, who turn out to be jerks and release those photos publicly. Or people whose phones are hacked. etc.
In this world where most every curiosity can be satiated, it seems to me genuinely heroic to resist the urge to look at everything that can be seen, and instead to respect the wishes of those who feel violated or hurt by the availability of images they wish were private.
Seemed a good day to reblog this.
I can’t even imagine what any of these women are going through.
And for anyone who says “They’re photographed all the time” or “She already was naked in a role, how is this different?” just remember there’s a huge difference between a controlled photo shoot or film set and these private photos that are not meant to be shared.
Filming a nude scene for a movie is first, compensated greatly and has the approval of the actors involved. Second, it is filmed in the most flattering and comfortable way possible for the participants. And I hate to break it, but the reality of the situation is that nude body doubles are often used in the film industry (again, those doubles are compensated and consent to having their image used).
Also, complimenting the women on their bodies doesn’t excuse viewing the photos. I’ve seen several people comment that “She shouldn’t be embarrassed, she looks great!” and again, no. This isn’t a magazine cover. It’s an invasion of their privacy in the worst way possible.