In a recent blog post by Emily Bazelon, she notes the extraordinary measures ordinary women are taking by “Fighting Back Against Revenge Porn,” which is incidentally the title of her blog post.
Bazelon raises an important point regarding the power struggle in the revenge porn industry. There is an utter imbalance of power between the producers of content, the subjects of said content, and the users of said content. The sites that post content without consent of the subjects face no consequences when asked to remove the content by the subjects. Furthermore, producer’s actions lack serious consequences from the U.S. court system. Rather producers are rewarded by additional users visiting the sites, and some speculate, monitory rewards for removing particular content from their sites…that sounds legal, right?…
Even with this injustice, ordinary women are fighting back. Though their cases are weak by the standards of the American Judicial System, they are proving a point by taking a stand and forming a united front.
Many of these women participated in a simple and common action with somebody they once trusted. Many of them willingly shared nude photographs, which they did not expect to go beyond the possession of their loved one. However, when a relationship turns sour, as so many of us ordinary folk know they do, we have to expect the unexpected.
These women are now facing the wrath of public humiliation, unyielding law suits, and fear for their safety, since their real names and hometowns are published with the content according to Bazelon’s blog. And unfortunately, even prominent attorneys such as Marc Randazza who cater towards the First Amendment as well as the adult entertainment industry, have not yet been able to help.
Randazza has launched his own onslaught against the revenge porn industry to help those affected get their lives back. Particularly, his plea is against the site IsAnybodyDown and can be found here.