Quick Hit: Victims of revenge porn mount class-action lawsuit against Go Daddy and Texxxan.com

Last week, several women joined a class action lawsuit with the hopes of taking down a prominent revenge porn website. BetaBeat has the scoop:

“Considering the numerous repercussions that keep many victims silent, Ms. Toups’ [one of the members of the class action lawsuit] decision to join the lawsuit under her real name is brave. Many revenge porn victims–including Sarah–are forced to remain anonymous or else face the wrath of vengeful exes who find renewed motivation to post their pictures on porn websites. Because of the intimate nature of the photos, many women are also embarrassed to publicly admit that they were victims, and others are afraid of cyberbullying from the passionate fandoms revenge porn proprietors attract.”

This is a BFD  for a couple reasons. One, revenge porn facilitates violence against women. Last month we said “Fuck You” to Hunter Moore for creating such a site with address fields to facilitate stalking. You heard that right – the man is literally publishing people’s addresses to facilitate stalking with impunity. Second, it challenges the completely baffling entitlement to women’s bodies that accompanies the creation and consumption of sites like these.

Check out the full story here. To the women of the class action suit- we are all rooting for you! Let’s get these awful misogynistic sites down for good.

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3 Comments

  1. Posted January 25, 2013 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

    It never ceases to amaze me how people miss the whole point of how effed up stuff like this is. The comments written by some of the people reading the beta beat article make feel me physically ill. How does one seriously justify in their demented little head that it is OK to post nude photos of someone on the internet just because they pissed you off, hurt you or wouldn’t leave you alone? Based on some of those comments, the girl just has to be a bitch, not have quite enough common sense, or just be “crazy”. The posters are never ready to take responsibility for anything and for some reason they cannot see how completely immoral and evil this act is. Or do they? :-( Ugh, how do you continue to hold any faith in humanity when shit like this exists? And to the women in the lawsuits: Best of luck, you have so much support.

  2. Posted January 28, 2013 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    Legally the pictures are the proeprty of whomever took them not of whom is displayed. If the ex boyfriend took the pictures, they are legally his. Same as with paparazzi with the difference the celebrity and the paparazzi are more often daccord than not and if they aint, the celebrity has the monies to buy stuff until she forgets about the whole thing.

    The laws need to be updated.

    • Posted January 28, 2013 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

      Not sure I agree. If I take a picture with my own camera you’re saying someone else should be able to come along later and tell me I’m not allowed to use it? Not only does that seem wrong, I can think of a million ways that will hurt activists and others we care about.

      I’d rather instead we changed society so that having a “dirty” picture of you posted on the web was considered a trivial non-issue. We have to stop being so obsessed with this stuff.

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