Politicized porn

Last week, faked nude photos of Hillary appeared in Facebook, Instagram, and the Onion.

From Soraya Chemaly in “The Shocking Sexualization Of Female Politicians In Porn,” with plenty of links, just in case you weren’t depressed enough already:

Google the names Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, or Bernie Sanders and the word “porn” and the results are benign lists of links to articles and images that do little to degrade perceptions of the candidates’ competence or morality. Do the same for Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, or Sarah Palin and you’ll surface page after page of actual porn sites, using the women’s names and photographs of their faces to portray them in bestial and brutally sexually…

Okay, enough.  We know where that one is going.

And they can do it all right, nothing illegal about it.  If it’s a politician, the slander and libel laws do not apply to them, or at least there is a very high barrier to prosecution–you have to prove malice.   Politicians are “public figures“, nearly impossible to defame, and therefore fair game for nearly anything.

And the end game?

“….sexually objectified women, but not men, are evaluated by viewers as less moral, less warm (read: less human), less intelligent, and less competent. Lastly, after watching mainstream porn, people are more likely to express adversarial beliefs about sex and gender, hold more negative beliefs about sexual harassment, have higher rates of acceptance for interpersonal violence, and are measurably less likely to support policies and programs designed to meet women’s needs.

“Men tend to be especially resistant to the idea of women with power, and non-consensually sexualizing women is a traditional and culturally acceptable way of expressing male dominance and putting women “back in their place.”

A no brainer.

I can’t imagine that either Sanders or Trump looks particularly appetizing in the nude.  But can you imagine anyone photoshopping nude images of them?

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Not gonna happen.

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