Why Run for Office if a Vindictive Ex May One Day Release Revenge Porn?

"“We often think of sex as both exciting and disgusting,” says Danielle Citron, a professor of law at Boston University Law School and 2019 MacArthur Fellow for her work on combating cyber harassment. That disgust is magnified when we encounter “women who are nontraditional in their relationships or have slept with more than one man or have multiple partners, if they’re polyamorous, or if they’re gay.”

“The fact that we are still making these trivializing it’s-your-fault arguments, and from women, is so depressing I just want to hit my head against the wall,” Citron says. The combination of the release of Katie Hill’s photos and then the suggestion that she was at fault “is a very powerful negative message to young people and especially to young women, who we know are three times more likely to face threats of nonconsensual pornography, and have someone do it,” Citron says. “It’s saying to women: stay in your place.”"