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Dr Olivarius TEDxReading – ‘Revenge Porn – The Naked Truth’

Dr Olivarius’ talk at TEDx Reading “Revenge Porn – the Naked Truth” is now available to watch on YouTube. You can see her full talk below.

Often when people hear about revenge porn cases, their gut reaction is: “Why would anyone send nude photos? They should have known this was coming!” Digital communications, however, are a fundamental part of modern communications.

Instead of blaming victims, we need to find ways to reshape our culture to emphasise consent and sexual autonomy on the internet. Revenge porn is a modern form of sexual violence that aims to give men control over women’s bodies and images. It is a hate crime for the era of mass media and is enabled by an audience that finds pleasure in others’ shame. So, in addition to prosecuting individual perpetrators, we need to find ways to go after the distributors and spreaders of revenge porn content. Only by addressing the phenomenon as a whole can we make the internet a safer place.

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