New York Times columnist Nick Bilton responded by the celebrity hack attack by posting this advice: “Don’t take nude selfies.”
Good feminist Amanda Hess was predictably outraged.
By her logic:
These messages instruct women that they are to blame for being sexually exploited because they dared to express themselves sexually in private and in consensual contexts.
As I explained yesterday, feminists fail women when they fail to alert them to the risks involved in taking nude selfies. It has nothing to do with affixing blame.
For Hess, taking (and presumably sharing) nude pictures in private is just another way for women to express themselves sexually. Since when did pretending to be a porn star become part of everyday sexual expression?
Any rational individual would explain to women that sexting, even when done in a consensual context, entails risks. Caution is warranted. One might even say that extreme caution is warranted.
If this is the latest in sexual expression, were the decadents of yesteryear missing out on. If there is a thrill involved in this form of sexual expression, isn’t the danger of exposure part of it?
There is no such thing as an absolute guarantee of privacy. Your one and only true love, the one you have entrusted with your most compromising pictures, might not be your true love forever.
Why does anyone have to explain this?
Do feminists like Amanda Hess really want to be encouraging teenage girls to take nude selfies? Will they bear responsibility for the consequences? Do they understand what happens to these girls when their pictures are passed around in locker rooms? Every mother of a teenage girls knows this. Every such mother instructs her daughter about the dangers inherent in sexting. Now she has to counter the bad advice her daughter is receiving from feminists.
Besides, how many fourteen year-old girls, the ones who are most in danger by this behavior, understand the risks in taking naked selfies?
Amanda Hess flew into high dudgeon because someone tried to warn young people off of sexting. She said that "don't take nude selfies" was gross advice.
Is she kidding? Does she understand the word "gross?"
Logically, her enlightened feminist advice to girls and women is: Take nude selfies!
Young women should understand that feminists are not their friends.