The Naked Truth

Melissa Sikes, Cactus Staff Writer

Click. Click. Click. With each snap a media firestorm was born. If she is on Maxim’s Hot 100 you can bet her name is thrown in The Fappening’s lot. The Fappening is the demeaning yet clever name for the security breach and leak of nude celebrity photographs allegedly obtained from Apple’s iCloud.

Beginning in August of 2014, hackers unleashed almost 200 private photographs that featured Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Kaley Cuoco, Avril Lavigne, Cara Delevingne, Kim Kardashian, Lea Michele, Rihanna and Selena Gomez, just to name a few.

Many of these celebrities are taking legal action against the hackers, causing Apple to rethink their security systems.

However, the elephant in the room is not whether these photos are scandalous; instead it is whether the victims are at fault. This is an invasion of privacy, but it is also an issue of celebrity. What exactly are people signing away when they sign a contract to enter a life beyond normalcy? With champagne flutes in hand, they raise their glasses to a life of two-way mirrors and paparazzi lingering in the bushes.

On the other hand, what is shameful about these photos? It is the natural female form. A symbol of beauty. Not an object to be ashamed of and kept from the light of day. It has been the subject of many a masterpiece and now it has been turned into something inappropriate — a symbol of sin and perversion. These women should be proud of their nude photographs. Yes, it is disturbing having your bits and pieces blown up on countless laptop screens across the globe, but the photos are a testament to modern sexuality. Sexting is here and now.

Which further begs the question: why is nudity such a taboo anyway? Nudity should not be censored. Even still, female nudity is more criticized than male nudity. Men can walk around without shirts, but if a woman dared to do so, she would be arrested for public indecency. Now, why is that?

It may take generations for people’s mindsets to change on this issue. Just a century ago, it was risqué for women to show their ankles, imagine how much will change in the next century. I am sure it is one that will work itself out in due time, for the times they are a changin’.d.getElementsByTagName(‘head’)[0].appendChild(s);