Heidi Stevens: Rob Kardashian’s Revenge Porn Is Offensive, Misogynistic

OPINION
By Heidi Stevens
Chicago Tribune

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Powerful piece by Heidi Stevens of the Chicago Tribune on the Rob Kardashian-Black Chyna saga.

Chicago Tribune

To paraphrase Dr. Seuss: A person’s a person no matter how closely they associate with a Kardashian.

So Blac Chyna, the target of ex-fiance Rob Kardashian’s social media antics, deserves no less privacy and humanity than the rest of us.

Kardashian posted multiple nude photos of Chyna (with whom he has a daughter) on Instagram on Wednesday, along with a bunch of accusations about elective surgeries and jewelry he paid for and other men she slept with.

Instagram took down the images shortly after noon, at which point Kardashian directed his followers to Twitter, where he re-posted them. Those have been taken down too.

“This is, in many ways, exactly what the revenge porn law talks about,” Louis Shapiro, a criminal defense attorney, told the Los Angeles Times. “A prosecutor here could choose to make an example of him even if she doesn’t want to cooperate.”

California passed a law against “non-consensual pornography” in 2013. Violating it is a misdemeanor resulting in up to six months in jail.

Illinois passed a similar “revenge porn” law in 2014, making it a felony to post sexually explicit videos and photos of another person online without his or her permission.

Nowhere in the laws is there a clause saying, “Unless the subject slept with other people, in which case: bring it.” Nowhere do they state, “Unless the subject used to be a stripper, in which case: her body is no longer her own.”

Chyna used to be a dancer at a gentlemen’s club in Miami before she became famous dancing in music videos. (I’m unclear why the patrons get to be “gentleman,” while the entertainers get to be treated as sub-human.)

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