Revenge porn webs sites? Oh gee… | Sidebar for Plaintiffs

“The good news, I suppose, is that the young women mentioned in the article are suing. They are not committing suicide. Their lives have been hideously messed with, as you’ll read. They’ve got a lot of guts.

But still …”

Revenge porn webs sites? Oh gee… | Sidebar for Plaintiffs.

But still what, Naomi?

Is the answer to call the victims “dumb” and their actions “short-sighted”? In the simplest of arguments, when that’s the furthest an individual’s intelligence will stretch, it may seem the only plausible answer.

Let us harken back to the days of yore, Naomi. To the days when men asked women for their phone numbers as it was their only means of communication.

Remember those days?

It seems even then with such primitive technology, there was a need for laws that put a stop to criminal behavior. Remember harassment? Good old fashioned harassment…a course of conduct…oh, wait.  You’re an attorney. You already know the details.

What’s that you say, Naomi? You’re not an attorney?

Well, then you must be a victim…oh. Not that either.

Ok, then…seems you need an education, Naomi.

Here is an excerpt of a post from the website Concurring Opinions. The author, Professor Danielle Keats Citron, is a law professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and an affiliate scholar at the Stanford Center on Internet and Society and Yale Information Society Project:

Blaming the Victim: Been There Before

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Let me build on Professor Franks’s incisive post on the blaming-the-victim response in the revenge porn context.  As Franks rightly notes, a recurring response to women’s suffering is to blame the victims.  As I discussed here, cyber harassment victims are often told that they provoked the abuse by blogging in their own names, sending pictures to boyfriends, or writing about sex.  The public said the same about domestic violence and sexual harassment.  Society minimized the culpability of the abusers and maximized the responsibility of victims to justify those practices.  Law certainly was not necessary to address them.  Then, as now, the public refused help to blameworthy women.

Before the 1970s, society tolerated abuse of so-called “recalcitrant” wives.  The public’s attitude was that the battering was justified by the wife’s provocations.  The notion was that if the woman had been a neater housekeeper, a more submissive helpmate, or a more compliant sexual partner, “her nose would not have been broken, her eye would still be uncut, [and] bruises would never have marked her thighs.”  Judges and caseworkers asked battered wives to accept responsibility for provoking violence, rather than assessing their abusers’ conduct.

– See more at: http://www.concurringopinions.com/archives/2013/02/blaming-the-victim-been-there-before.html#sthash.v3JBaAU9.dpuf

Get it now, Naomi?

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