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A hacker in Australia has reportedly stolen thousands of naked photos of women from across the country, and uploaded them to the Internet Yep, echoing events of last year when nude photos of female celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence were stolen and released online , the hacker appears to have no direct connection to the victims. But while nobody in the public eye has been targeted on this occasion, women living in certain locations appear to have been particularly vulnerable. The photos — featuring women in Adelaide, and up to women in Brisbane — were initially uploaded late week. But while they later disappered from the first website that they appeared on without the police getting involved , they were re-uploaded just a few hours later. The hacker has since vowed to continue uploading them — and has challenged investigators to do their best to try and stop it. And, believe it or not, it gets worse. Some of the women in the photos are reportedly identified, and in a few cases, their location is revealed, too. This should be a lesson in not tolerating people that steal them.
Last week, horrifying threats lobbed at her by anonymous Twitter and 4chan users forced Sarkeesian from her home after she uploaded the newest installment of Feminist Frequency , her YouTube show that highlights sexist tropes in video games. They told her they wanted to rape her corpse. The massive celebrity nude photo leak is the logical extension of the type of abuse that women like Sarkeesian face on platforms like Twitter and Facebook every day.
It is not difficult to look at naked women on the Internet. There are, after all, a lot of men and women who post nude photos of themselves online hoping for pageviews, extra income, or just exhibitionist titillation. Because, look: When people seek out stolen images like the ones just released of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and other celebrities, those people are violating these women in much the same way that the person who stole the pictures did. To take a female celebrity down a notch? There is an obsessive tendency in American culture with elevating women—young, beautiful women, especially—to celebrity status just to bask in their eventual fall.