Wednesday, 10 June 2015

#WomanPowerWednesday || Jennifer Lawrence

This is an article submitted to me by the fabulous MillyMollyMandy you can find her on twitter here and on her blog here.

This may sound strange, but do you guys remember the nude photo scandal that hacked into so many famous women’s Icloud accounts and stole their photos.  It was the talk of twitter and many social media accounts for weeks. The photos were circled around and comments were made about their bodies, which quite frankly angered me. A majority of the comments were sexist and a lot were slut shaming these women. Very few were acknowledging the fact that these women had, had their privacy violated. It was like the whole world was expecting an apology from everyone. Especially from one young women, Jennifer Lawrence.  

There was a lot of Internet babble about how she should apologize and get removed from various campaigns and even questions as to whether of not she should have posed naked. Firstly absurd, her phone, her body, her choice. Nobody else. So the whole word was waiting for her to speak, and when she did, it was so empowering and really changed my view on the hacking

“I can't even describe to anybody what it feels like to have my naked body shoot across the world like a news flash against my will. It just makes me feel like a piece of meat that's being passed around for a profit. 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,” she says. “It's disgusting. The law needs to be changed, and we need to change. Anybody who looked at those pictures, you're perpetuating a sexual offense. You should cower with shame,” she says. ‘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.”

So why did this inspire me? Well firstly this incredibly strong woman, had to address the world on something very personal, very publicly. I believe that those who read her speech were really given some perspective on how damaging the hacking has been for her.

First of all, I feel she makes it clear that its not something to laugh about or something to stare at and think ‘she deserved it, she’s famous, she should know better. What happened to her was a sex crime and statement for me basically said that she doesn’t care what you think, the only victim in this is her and even she doesn’t want to be labeled that. More importantly, she chose not to apologize because even she realized that that would be a ridiculous thing to do. She realized that our society is so warped in that way, where we instantly blame the victim for their actions. 

On some level I can relate to this, (I have not had my own nude scandal) but with the way I dress and sometimes people are like, isn’t that a bit inappropriate? Maybe you should wear something baggier? And I think how dare these people? Why are you making me feel uncomfortable for expressing myself and why are you questioning my decision? The issue with how I dress is not with me; it’s with your attitude and your beliefs. If you have a problem at seeing a little bit of someone’s skin then you need to go sort yourself out, because the problem is yours and only yours. You should never make some feel guilty for being their self and making their own decisions. 

And that’s what I learnt from Jennifer Lawrence. 


  1. Great post!

  2. This is so true, I couldn't agree more!
    Jade x


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