Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

The Edge show disregard for consent

The Edge show disregard for consent


The Edge has shown complete disregard for consent, for women’s bodies and in doing so has contributed to the wider issue of rape culture in New Zealand says specialist sexual violence prevention organisation, Sexual Abuse Prevention Network.

Yesterday, images of a number of celebrity women were released on website 4-Chan. New Zealand radio website, The Edge, then published the photos of Hollywood Star Jennifer Lawrence. Lawrence is taking legal action against the release of her photos. After being informed of the legal implications of the post, The Edge removed the images but linked to them on another website.

Sexual Abuse Prevention Network Coordinator, Fiona McNamara says “Our understanding is that these images were taken by the women themselves on their own cell phones. There is nothing illegal or morally wrong about doing that – in fact a large proportion of adults take photos like that. What actually needs to be addressed here is that those images were stolen and distributed without the women’s consent.”

“That the Edge would link to the photos on another site after removing them from their own dismisses the real issue at hand here – consent. Their only concern is to keep themselves out of hot water.”

The publication of the images is a crime against Jennifer Lawrence. It is also symptomatic of the wider issue of rape culture in New Zealand society.

“Rape culture” refers to the beliefs, attitudes and cultures that normalize and trivialize sexual abuse. It contributes to the incidence of rape, the blaming of victims and perpetuates rape myths. Society is dominated by ideas, images, jokes and even laws that support rape culture.

“Sharing nude photos of women without their consent undermines a woman’s ownership of body as if it is a commodity that exists for the pleasure of the general public” says McNamara.

Sexual abuse can be prevented by challenging the beliefs, attitudes and cultures that support it. Sexual Abuse Prevention Network runs a number of programmes for young people and adults that challenge rape culture and teach people skills to engage in alternatives to sexual violence such as safe, equal and healthy sexual relationships.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On (Not) Taking Responsibility, Terrorism Porn, And Dylan’s 76th

So Martin Matthews, our current Auditor-General wishes he could have detected “earlier” the fraud that occurred on his watch at the Ministry of Transport. Hmmm. But he could have detected it earlier, surely? That’s the point.

Reportedly, some junior members of his staff had been trying to tell him and his senior colleagues in management for years about the fraudulent actions of Joanne Harrison... Not only were those internal alerts apparently ignored. Some of the whistle blowers were allegedly punished by losing their jobs, as Harrison and her colleagues in management took revenge on them... More>>

Auditor-General's Statement: Standing Aside for Review of Appointment
Yesterday, I wrote to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and requested an independent person review my suitability for the role of Controller and Auditor-General... More>>

 

NGOs Pleased: Govt To Halt Collection Of Client Data

Brenda Pilott, the chair of ComVoices and national manager of Social Service Providers Aotearoa, congratulates the government on its decision to call a halt to the collection of individual client data until the concerns of not-for-profit service providers have been worked through. More>>

ALSO:

Gosh: Blasphemy Law Repeal Struck Down

Chris Hipkins, the MP who tabled a Supplementary Order Paper to add our Blasphemy Law to the Statutes Repeal Bill, said this was a "sad day for freedom of speech, tolerance, and leadership". More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Navy’s Dealings With Fat Leonard, And Twin Peaks

At an official level, our “she’ll be right” attitude routinely spills over into a keen resentment of anyone who suggests the outcomes may be less than satisfactory… The Navy has now gone one step beyond. It won’t even ask itself whether it did a good job. More>>

ALSO:

NZDF: Fifth Rotation Of Troops Heads To Iraq

The fifth rotation of New Zealand Defence Force troops left today for a six-month mission training Iraqi soldiers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Demonising Of Iran

Will New Zealand still be willing to pursue its recent trade overtures to Iran, now that US President Donald Trump has used his speech in Riyadh to single out Iran as the main source of terrorism and instability in the Middle East? More>>

ALSO:

Pre-Budget Offers: Green Party’s New Plan Puts Kiwi Families First

The Green Party has a plan to help all Kiwi kids have a great start to life, by giving parents more financial support and more flexibility at work. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 

Opening The Election Supporters

 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election