P rivacy is a privilege. It is rarely enjoyed by women or transgender men and women, queer people or people of color. When you are an Other, you are always in danger of having your body or some other intimate part of yourself exposed in one way or another. A group of teenagers driving by as a person of color walks on a sidewalk shout racial slurs, interrupting their quiet. For most people, privacy is little more than an illusion, one we create so we can feel less vulnerable as we move through the world, so we can believe some parts of ourselves are sacred and free from uninvited scrutiny. The further away you are from living as a white, heterosexual, middle-class man, the less privacy you enjoy — the more likely your illusions of privacy will be shattered when you least expect it. For celebrities, privacy is utterly nonexistent. You are asked intrusive questions about your personal life.
Raymond Arthur does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Young people have always explored their sexuality and shared these experiences with others. A lot of these young people will then go on to share these images with someone they know.
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She swipes the screen and an image pops up on WhatsApp. Gita laughs and sends five fire emoji back with the message "On fire girl. There is nothing sexual between Gita and her best friend. But several times a week, they send each other nude selfies. I might send a normal selfie but just happen to have one random nipple poking out. It makes us laugh. She and her friend are not the only ones sending each other non-sexual nudes.
Have you heard of Kaylen Ward? She was profoundly distressed to hear about the devastating bushfires that have been burning across Australia and wondered to herself what she could possibly do to help. Kaylen is a nude model, so decided to sell naked pictures of herself in exchange for donations to the bushfire crisis. This woman is a modern-day hero with a terrific plan — rational and commendable and altruistic. Why are we comfortable with famous people taking their clothes off, but not ordinary women who want to use their nudity for a decent cause? No one deserves to be mocked, judged or punished.