As an attorney who has represented involuntary porn victims ("revenge porn" is too narrow), I was dismayed by Cathy Reisenwitz's TPM Cafe piece, "Revenge Porn Is Awful, But The Law Against It Is Worse." Reisenwitz's arguments might apply in a cold academic world, but not in the real world.
In the real world, a young woman takes erotic photos to share with her husband/boyfriend. Maybe she and her boyfriend/husband each take some. Maybe he takes them without her knowledge. Maybe the relationship ends badly, or maybe it doesn't end at all but somebody hacks into her supposedly secure email or Photobucket account. (This is actually a booming industry.)
One day, she or her mom or dad or little brother picks up the phone and a voice announces that this real life young woman's most intimate photographs are displayed on a website along with her real name, home town, and links to her Facebook and LinkedIn pages. Suddenly, she personally, not anonymously, is subjected to mockery, ridicule, and personal attacks--Slut! Fat ass, ugly tits!--and "compliments" such as, I'd shove it right up that tight ass! Even more ominously--Hey, I know her! She was a prude in high school but I know where she lives so maybe I'll drop by and say hi now that I know what she's really like! Oh by the way, here's her daddy's email address, he'll love to see how his little princess has grown up! Here are the email addresses and Facebook pages for her friends and family and boss, let's let them know what a slut she is!
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