When Manhood Turns Away

3 09 2014
This is not a blog written by another Christian on the dangers of porn. This is someone who believes the leaked photos of celebrities is not just a violation of  privacy, but that of mistreatment a fellow human being. Men do not have to act like vultures feeding off the forbidden fruit of nudity. We need to get back to a manhood that has the decency to turn away when the modesty of a woman is somehow compromised. Like when a mother bends over to put her baby into a stroller. What if it was your wife, or your sister? I know, “if she didn’t want the world to see, she should not have posted them to begin with”. Blah, blah, blah. If she wanted them to go public, that’s her business. She did not want them to be public, so now it is theft. When you satisfy your lust off of the theft, you are an accessory to the crime. Besides, you need to “man up” and just turn away.
 
Pastor Dave

Why You Shouldn’t Look Up Jennifer Lawrence’s Leaked Photos

So, someone hacked into the phones of a few celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence, Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens, and many others. Once in, they pulled some nude photos of the women and published them online.

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Men everywhere, rejoice! Right?

Wrong.

What just happened here is the on the spectrum of most intimate in violations of human privacy. Photos taken on a personal device for personal reasons (whatever they may be), leaked to the world. Many people are giving the argument that there is no privacy when you are a celebrity or that “they shouldn’t have taken those photos anyway,” but they are missing one very important point in this whole conversation.

These people are human beings. I know, it’s a radical thought.

Jennifer Lawrence was born on August 15th, 1990. For the mathematicians out there, that makes her 24. 24 years old. She is younger than me by half a decade and likely younger than most of you who are reading this. She is a college-aged human being who is living her life in the spotlight, but that does not give anyone the right to violate her privacy.

But since they’re online anyway, you might as well look at them, right?

Wrong again.

The only reason people are compelled to perform illegal acts like this is because they know it’s going to generate buzz, website traffic, and subsequently – income. The only way for that to happen is for the general public to catch wind of what’s going on and follow the path to the photos. If none of this happened, there would be less and less reason to do it again. It’s like a comedian who repeatedly finds himself with a silent crowd, eventually he will probably get the hint and find a new career path.

Dare I say, each person who looks at these photos is part of the problem. Maybe that sounds a little harsh, but you are viewing images that were meant for one human being, taken by another human being, of the most intimate sort. I know it is a cliche argument, but if this was your girlfriend/mother/sister/wife, would you want people all over the world seeing the photos? I don’t think so.

Furthermore, it shows a blatant disregard for the respect deserved by these people – not because they are celebrities, but because they are human beings, just like you and I. They have chosen a career path that puts them in the public eye, but they still have the right to choose what people do and don’t see.

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3 09 2014
johnspenn

It’s a chain of errors. The young women in question should never have had the photos taken in the first place. That they did in no way excuses the behavior of those who hacked their way in and stole the photos.

The fact that those who stole the photos and posted them online in no way excuses the behavior of those who searched for and viewed the photos for whatever reason.

Those who searched for and viewed the photos have only fed the beast, creating a vicious cycle, but it in no way excuses further like behavior on any of the participants’ parts.

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