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Perhaps I’m not being fair or understanding here, and maybe some of you can provide some insight.
An 18-year-old high school pole vaulter, Allison Stokke, got her picture plastered all over the internet. It’s an innocent picture, but it, er, clearly showed how attractive she is. I was debating about whether to post the picture at all since the family seems so sensitive about it (explained at the end).
A fairly popular website got a hold of it, and pretty soon, there were plenty of crude and explicit comments from the male gender all over the place. (Of course, I had nothing to do with it. I always exhibit the utmost respect towards females.*)
She and her dad were very ticked–this part I understand.
They tried to get various media outlets to remove the picture, and while obviously futile (see title), I get that.
And this from the article: “…strangers had turned her picture into the background image on their computers. She felt violated. It was like becoming the victim of a crime, Stokke said.”
I’m trying really hard to grasp this one. If a bunch of people wanted my body for a screensaver–well, there are probably some meds to help those people–but to say that I’d feel violated? That seems paranoid.
Oh, and I posted the picture because:
1. I’m skeptical that someone who just wants the story to go away would do an interview with a major national newspaper.
2. It would have been so much extra work to make readers find the pic themselves.
3. This site is not exactly high-traffic anyway.
4. Yeah, she’s hot.