OPINION: Why Revenge Porn Is Not Okay – Take Notes Rob Kardashian

Rob Kardashian photos Blac Chyna
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Today on Twitter, Rob Kardashian started trending. Why I hear you ask? What could he have done to warrant thousands of people talking about him? Revenge porn, that’s what.

Rob’s Instagram feed today seemed to be filled with cheating claims about mother of his child Blac Chyna. But as if his vicious tongue wasn’t enough, Rob joined the lowest of the low by allegedly posting nude pictures of Blac seemingly without her consent. Not only had he encouraged his on/off girlfriend to send him a picture of her nether regions, he then reportedly posted it to his millions of followers after claiming Blac had been cheating on him. Thankfully, Instagram finally shut his account down but that didn’t stop his rampage as he then moved to Twitter to continue his tirade against Dream Kardashian’s mum.

What’s equally as disgusting as Rob’s behaviour though are some of the reactions. Some tweets today have left us horrified. Thousands of people on social media were enjoying the drama unfold, applauding Rob’s reaction and stating that Blac Chyna deserves such a humiliation publicly. How are people still not getting that posting nudes without consent is on par with sexual assault? We’re so not okay with these people’s reactions we’re not going to give them the space on our website. Instead, these very few tweeters gave us a small inch of faith in humanity again:

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While being unfaithful isn’t moral (and who knows if Blac is even guilty?), it certainly doesn’t warrant someone sharing nude pictures of you as an act of revenge. Rob supposedly shared these images likely without permission in a state of anger and quite frankly it’s pathetic. It’s more than just pathetic. In our opinion, the reality star has sexually exploited Blac and what’s worse is that he seems to think he can treat her in this way because he’s spent so much money on her. Whatever she has or has not done and whatever money Rob has spent on her, lashing out in this way is a form of emotional violence and we’re not okay with it. You shouldn’t be either.

Over the past few years, we’ve been taking baby steps towards equality and fighting to stamp out rape culture and misogyny, yet when Rob Kardashian allegedly writes emotionally scarring posts about his girlfriend, suddenly she deserves it? It is as good as saying women get raped because they dress in a manner that suggests they want or deserve it. Have people forgotten the walks we all participated in to stand up against slut shaming? Whatever you think about Blac’s actions, she didn’t get a say in whether her nude pictures were shown to millions of people across the world and that isn’t acceptable.

While some of you may be thinking all this is morally awful, but there’s nothing that can be done about it, you’d be wrong. California, where Rob currently resides, is one of the states that has revenge porn laws in effect. This is a crime placed under the 647 penal code as follows:

“Existing law provides that any person who photographs or records by any means the image of the intimate body part or parts of another identifiable person, under circumstances where the parties agree or understand that the image shall remain private, and the person subsequently distributes the image taken, with the intent to cause serious emotional distress, and the depicted person suffers serious emotional distress, is guilty of disorderly conduct.”

This basically means that anyone who posts naked images without the other party’s consent hoping to cause distress is guilty by law of revenge porn. What’s more, it is punishable by up to six months in prison and a $1,000 fine and rightly so.

You might be a Kardashian, but your name can’t save you from the law, nor the wrath of decent humans everywhere. And if you don’t believe us, check out  these celebrity women who have described revenge porn as a sex crime from Jennifer Lawrence to Mischa Barton.

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Jennifer Lawrence described the distribution of her naked images as a ‘sex crime’. Pic Credit: Tinseltown/Getty Images

It is not okay. And it never will be. Got it?

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