If you so much as glanced at the Internet over the holiday weekend, you probably read that nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and other stars leaked online. If you checked Twitter, you saw the typical reactions.
There were the guys who said women should know better than to take nude photos, a response Lena Dunham has termed the "She was wearing a short skirt" argument of the Web; the ones who see this as all in the name of Internet freedom; and the ones who wonder why this is any different from looking at pornography.
To that last point, the difference is that for these women, there was never any choice involved. Jennifer Lawrence never consented to have images of her naked body bandied around for public consumption; the photos posted of actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead were taken with her partner in the privacy of her own home. In fact, the photo leak has a lot less in common with porn than with another practice made infamous by Is Anyone Up?, the website that published nude images of young girls without their consent.
Revenge porn, the illegal posting of sexually explicit photos of former romantic partners, is something that's not a problem just for female celebrities, it's a problem for women everywhere. The practice has become so common in the Internet age that there are whole websites and online forums dedicated to it, as well as to its eradication. It's a practice that thrives on the hatred and subjugation of women (because naked pictures of men just don't get commonly leaked) and in most states around the country, there is little legal recourse for its victims.