It is easy to forget who you are in the pursuit of attention.
Jasky Singh
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What an awful thing to post, in a world where teenage girls are routinely bullied by “revenge porn,” which involves sending nude images of them (sometimes taken without their knowledge) to their friends and family or posting them publicly online. To laugh at the idea of a woman being embarrassed by being exposed naked on the street is to agree that women should be ashamed and afraid when they are naked.

And why would that be so? Because in the world we live in, women are raped behind dumpsters and their rapists are shown leniency due to their ability to swim faster than their peers. Because in the world we live in, people write to a school to demand they fire a teacher because she has a naturally curvy body and looks beautiful in dresses and jeans. Because in the world we live in, this revenge porn can mean a girl doesn’t get into a good college, while the boy who spread photos of her nude body has no trouble being admitted. Because just today I saw someone I had otherwise thought of as a good person post a photo of a woman in short shorts, taken without the woman’s consent, in order to call her a slut and a bad example to children.

So yes, it is embarrassing and frightening, as a woman, to be naked.

But do you want that to be the world women have to live in? Do you like being part of the reason every teenage girl is now terrified for the weeks after she breaks up with any boyfriend she allowed to see her nude body, because she can never really be SURE he doesn’t have pictures to put online of her naked? And purity isn’t the answer – many women are victimized sexually by their husbands, too.

If I were you I’d delete this and go have a serious think about what contribution I want to make to the world.

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