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Man Thinks We Should All Get Over Nude Hacking

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"This is not an argument in favor of sexting; it is an argument against shame."

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Everyone everywhere will inevitably be naked on the internet. That's what writer Mat Honan asserts in an article in Wired, and he's not even talking about sexts (although, of course, they play a role). It's just a fact of modern life that cameras are everywhere, recording every moment, and it's likely that a webcam or TSA scanner or home security surveillance system will one day catch you without your clothes on.

Honan's conclusion to the constant flow of nude photos online is that as a society, we all need to stop reacting with shame or shock to seeing naked pics from celebrities, strangers, friends, and coworkers.

But is that easier said than done? He talks about his own email hack, but often nude photo hacks are a way to target, harass and shame women.

Honan doesn't explain how women and society as a whole can learn to "stop caring about" nude photo hacks, but he envisions a future where normal people just accept that there are nude photos of themselves and everyone else online. He writes:

In the coming years, when you Google someone’s name, it won’t be shocking to see nude pictures interspersed among the results, no big deal: LinkedIn profile, professional society award, naked picture, Facebook Page (private), and so on. We just have to stop caring about other people’s nudity. We should quit being shocked, and we should quit being shamed, because the shame is not ours, only the genitals are. And your genitals are wonderful. You should show them to the world.