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The theme of revenge porn read through a male lens

“There is no news of blackmail exercised by a woman against a man through the dissemination of images that reproduce a sexual act”

By Gierreuno

The enterprise is not easy, but we try. Revenge porn is a crime that belongs to the civilization of the image.

Before the daguerreotype, in 1839, opened the way to the world of reproduced reality, there was no such thing. The discredit on a female person, through the violation of her intimate sphere, could be thrown through the story, if we want the drawing, but it certainly did not have the impact that has the dissemination of images or movies stolen or shot with the consent of the partner. Above all it was not possible to throw mud with speed and to many subjects simultaneously as it is possible to do today by means of technology.

We are therefore in the presence of a child crime of our times. But it has its roots in the cultural soil that nourishes our society. A society that, despite the battle against gender differences, still pays a heavy tax on inequality.

The crime of revenge porn is the mirror of this disparity. There is no news of blackmail by a woman against a man through the dissemination of images that reproduce a sexual act. On the contrary, there are thousands of cases in which women are bullied in the same way. The problem is heavily settled and the solution can only come from the emancipation of the female universe. A process, the latter, which in the West has been going on for centuries, but which has been rejected for centuries by a wall that unfortunately seems impassable: the wall of ignorance.

Ignorance is the source that feeds the thirst for power and unscrupulous policies through which economic potentates wallow and do business.

Only a profound and radical action that promotes education, knowledge, culture and knowledge can stand in the way of the logic of gender discrimination and the crimes that, like revenge porn, follow from it. We need to change radically, to be educated in a different way, a way that progressively erases the waste that poisons our world.

To understand how long and tiring the road is, we propose the monologue that Paola Cortellesi pronounced in 2018 on the occasion of the 63rd edition of David di Donatello. They’re just words, but they’re words as heavy as stones.

“It is impressive to see how in our language some terms that have their legitimate meaning to the masculine, if declined to the feminine suddenly assume another sense, change radically, become a cliché. […]”

Words that lead us to a single conclusion: addressing the theme of revenge porn and therefore gender inequality by reading them with a male lens is not possible, it would mean legitimizing them.

 

 

Photo by Kristin Wilson on Unsplash