There’s been another celebrity nude photo scandal, this time it’s Justin Bieber who has been photographed au natural by the paps in while vacationing with his lady friend (Jayde Pierce) in Bora Bora. Pretty much the exact moment the photos hit the internet every single blog and magazine told me not to look at them. (Too little too late though ‘cause lil’ perv that I am, I clicked the very first link to the photos I saw.) These well meaning sites likened the Bieber Leak to last year’s “Fappening” when nearly 500 photos of female celebs, many of them entirely or partially nude, hit the web after a massive data breach. If we got so up in arms about those photos (as we should have, because it was gross and disturbing), they argue, it is hypocritical to peek and the Biebz. This, however, is not the case. It’s apples and oranges. While what happened to Bieber was unquestionably wrong, it’s not the same as last year’s photo leak, and equating the two does a disservice to all the victims.
I think when it comes to the Bechdel Test I am more bothered by movies that fail on the final stage. IE there are two or more female characters with names and they talk to each other, but only about men. I think not every movie needs to be about women, men have issues and experiences that can entertain us, and while the culture certainly has been biased towards them I think there are still stories to be told. But what bothers me are movies that are ostensibly about women (rom-coms, chick flicks etc) but are really about men because that’s all these women talk about.