Jennifer Lawrence Nude Photo Leak Isn’t A “Scandal.” It’s A Sex Crime.

Jennifer Lawrence Nude Photo Leak Isn’t A “Scandal.” It’s A Sex Crime. (Forbes)

“As most of you probably know, someone somewhere dumped a deluge of purported nude photographs of a number of female celebrities online yesterday…

Ms. Lawrence and the other victims have absolutely nothing to apologize for in terms of the contents of the photos or the nature in which they were leaked. The story itself should not be addressed as if it were a scandal, but rather what it is: A sex crime involving theft of personal property and the exploitation of the female body.

Outlets as mainstream as People and CNN are referring to the photo leak as a ‘scandal.’ All due respect, it’s not a scandal. The actresses and musicians involved did nothing immoral or legally wrong by choosing to take nude pictures of themselves and put them on their personal cell phones. You may argue, without any intended malice, that it may be unwise in this day-and-age to put nude pictures of yourself on a cell phone which can be act and/or stolen. But without discounting that statement, the issue is that these women have the absolute right and privilege to put whatever they want on their cell phones with the expectation that said contents will remain private or exclusive to whomever is permitted to see them just like their male peers. The burden of moral guilt is on the people who stole said property and on those who chose to consume said stolen property for titillation and/or gratification.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself.

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Building a Bigger Action Hero

Building a Bigger Action Hero

What Yune is really complaining about is this sense that studios see actors as bodies now – interchangeable in a global movie business that’s built more on brands than stars. More than ever, studios are building franchises around fresh, inexpensive faces with bodies that can fill a superhero costume.

“One of the reasons there are so few real movie stars is that there are very few who are distinguishable from one another,” says Nicolas Winding Refn, who directed Ryan Gosling in Drive and Only God Forgives. “Everybody can get a six-pack, so it has no value. Everybody starts to look alike. It’s the soul that makes you a movie star. Not your body.”

[via smoncelle]

Fantastic in-depth look into the crazy lengths that Hollywood actors go through to get that movie star body. It’s not just about anorexic women anymore; men have to (over)work for it, too:

Male actors’ bare asses are more likely to be shot in sex scenes; their vacation guts and poolside man boobs are as likely to command a sneering full-page photo in a celebrity weekly’s worst-bodies feature, or go viral as a source of Web ridicule. A sharply defined inguinal crease – the twin ligaments hovering above the hips that point toward a man’s junk – is as coveted as double-D cleavage.

These guys are getting injected with testosterone, human growth hormone, steroids, not to mention all the protein & the crazy dieting. They are practically starving themselves to show off their muscles, and it doesn’t look like this practice is going to end anytime soon. If anything, it’ll probably get worse.

A mean part of me is glad that men are finally starting to be held up to the same unreasonable standards women are, but that’s not fair. Eventually maybe we’ll all wake up and realize this is all a little insane, and then we can re-evaluate our body image issues. Maybe.

Jennifer Lawrence And The History Of Cool Girls

Jennifer Lawrence And The History Of Cool Girls

“The Cool Girl has many variations: She can have tattoos, she can be into comics, she might be really into climbing or pickling vegetables. She’s always down to party, or do something spontaneous like drive all night to go to a secret concert. Her body, skin, face, and hair all look effortless and natural — the Cool Girl doesn’t even know what an elliptical machine would look like — and wears a uniform of jeans and tank tops, because trying hard isn’t Cool. The Cool Girl has a super-sexy ponytail.

The Cool Girl never nags, or ‘just wants one’ of your chili fries, because she orders a giant order for herself. She’s an ideal that matches the times — a mix of feminism and passivity, of confidence and femininity. She knows what she wants, and what she wants is to hang out with the guys.

Cool Girls don’t have the hang-ups of normal girls: They don’t get bogged down by the patriarchy, or worrying about their weight. They’re basically dudes masquerading in beautiful women’s bodies, reaping the privileges of both. But let’s be clear: It’s a performance. It might not be a conscious one, but it’s the way our society implicitly instructs young women on how to be awesome: Be chill and don’t be a downer, act like a dude but look like a supermodel.”

Anne Helen Petersen is a brilliant writer; her website, Celebrity Gossip, Academic Style, is a must-read if you’re interested in Hollywood culture and media analysis, and her series on The Hairpin, Scandals of Classic Hollywood, is so successful that she’s turning it into a book. I also love her un-Hollywood related pieces: on Lilith Fair, summer camp, two lane highways, and lost loves, to name a few. This article is classic AHP, with plenty of old Hollywood gossip and feminist analysis to keep you engaged. Enjoy!

The 6 Male Characters Women Never Get to See in Movies

The 6 Male Characters Women Never Get to See in Movies  

“If you have spent time on the Internet, you’re probably tired of hearing how we need more Strong Female Characters. For some reason, people don’t seem to realize that sexism no longer exists today and both sexes are treated with complete equality, especially in the entertainment industry. If anything, men are the ones being discriminated against.

Seriously, think about all those roles that women selfishly hog up (e.g., passive victims requiring rescue, femmes fatales, joyless nags) that are off-limits to even the most talented male actors. It’s time to stop this woman-centric hand-wringing on how to make female characters better and focus on helping the real victims of Hollywood sexism by asking: How can we make male characters worse?”

This article, like many Cracked articles, is hilarious but also secretly informative and definitely subversive. Imagining men playing these ridiculous roles women are forced to play more often than not is kind of magical, but it’s also a disheartening reminder that we still have a long way to go.

Still not convinced you should read this? Let me share this gem with you:

“His first day on the job, he smacks the hand of anyone trying to help him adjust his monitor or set up his voice mail, telling them he doesn’t need anybody’s help; a man can do that sort of thing just as well as a woman. Every time he accomplishes something, he reminds everyone in the room that he is a man, with sassy phrases like ‘You want something done right, you got to give it to a man.’ Any time someone tries to stop him from putting toner in the coffee maker or something, he says, ‘You think I can’t do this just because I have a penis?’ If they look, then he says, ‘Hey, my eyes are up here!’ He snaps at anyone trying to be friendly to him and accuses them of just wanting to get what’s in his pants. This shows how independent he is and is guaranteed to make male viewers identify with him, since men are always high-strung, irrational, and obnoxious whenever they try to break barriers and will naturally root for anyone who is the same.”

20 years later: An oral history of ‘Reality Bites’

20 years later: An oral history of ‘Reality Bites’ 

“It was an unassuming romantic comedy invested in its characters more than its setting, but it registered — rightly or wrongly — as an attempt to define a generation. Two decades on, it exists less as a snapshot of an era than an emotional Polaroid of what it’s like to go out and make your way in the world.

On the occasion of the film’s 20th anniversary, HitFix talked to 10 individuals involved with the production of the film: stars Ethan Hawke, Winona Ryder, Janeane Garofalo and Steve Zahn; screenwriter Helen Childress; producers Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher; cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki; and singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb. What follows is their recollection of how it all came to be.”

I’m always a sucker for these oral history projects, and this one does not disappoint. Thanks to Celebrity Gossip, Academic Style for the link. If you are able, I highly recommend listening to the 90s Alternative Pandora station while you’re reading. And be sure to watch the Pop-Up Video for Lisa Loeb’s ‘Stay’ on page 6. Get ready for some nostalgia.

How Netflix Reverse Engineered Hollywood

How Netflix Reverse Engineered Hollywood

“If you use Netflix, you’ve probably wondered about the specific genres that it suggests to you. Some of them just seem so specific that it’s absurd. Emotional Fight-the-System Documentaries? Period Pieces About Royalty Based on Real Life? Foreign Satanic Stories from the 1980s?

If Netflix can show such tiny slices of cinema to any given user, and they have 40 million users, how vast did their set of ‘personalized genres’ need to be to describe the entire Hollywood universe?

This idle wonder turned to rabid fascination when I realized that I could capture each and every microgenre that Netflix’s algorithm has ever created.

Through a combination of elbow grease and spam-level repetition, we discovered that Netflix possesses not several hundred genres, or even several thousand, but 76,897 unique ways to describe types of movies.”

I can’t lie; I completely geeked out over this article. I’ve always been amused by the extremely personalized genres on Netlflix, and the analysis here fascinated me.