How A Danish Activist Reclaimed Her Body After Her Ex Posted Revenge Porn

Rebecca Vipond Brink | January 9, 2015 - 4:30 pm

HECK YEAH to this: Danish activist Emma Holten’s ex-boyfriend released “intimate photographs” to a creepshots web site three years ago, and she’s reclaiming her agency over her body by publishing topless photos for which she has given her consent.

The photos depict her in the process of doing everyday tasks like reading or brushing her teeth in order to give a human context to the sexual content her ex-boyfriend shared without her permission. She told the Feminist magazine Hysteria that after he shared the “creepshots,” she got messages from strangers asking her if her parents knew she was a “slut,” if she had gotten fired, and trying to threaten her into sending them more nude photos (in typical online-asshole fashion).

Holten doesn’t perceive her sexuality or her nude body as a negative to be leveraged against her for someone else’s gain, though. Neither does her boss, who was supportive of her topless shoot — and that’s support that, unfortunately, a lot of revenge porn and creepshot victims do not receive. Holten had this to say to her fellow victims in Elle:

“I say to victims: You are right, even if you’re alone! You live in a patriarchal culture that seeks to target you for being you, and THEY’RE wrong, and you’re right! You had the right to take pictures or video, the men who contact you are misogynistic idiots who just seek to tear you down to build themselves up. Good people believe that you are right, we are fighting for you.”

You can see the complete set of photos, taken by photographer Cecilie Bødken, in the magazine Friktion.

[h/t Huffington Post]

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[Image via Friktion]

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