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NSFW: Emma Holten gets revenge on her ex by releasing her own nudes.

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Emma Holten. Fighting the shaming of women and the use of their image without consent…Photography by Cecilie Bødker.

Not content just to be a victim of a revenge porn, Denmark’s Emma Holten has decided to get her own back on a former boyfriend after he took to leaking private nude pictures of then 18 year old.

Five years on and having had to face the controversy of having her images leaked, Emma Holten has decided to respond by now releasing her own set of naked images.

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Far from seeking adulation and publicity for her new images, Holten tells she is now working to prevent the same thing from happening to other women.

Wrote Holten for Danish feminist blog, Hysteria of the time images of her were widely shared without her permission : ‘[The men looking at the photos] knew it was against my will, that I didn’t want to be on those sites,’

‘The realization that my humiliation turned them on felt like a noose around my neck. The absence of consent was erotic, they relished my suffering. It’s one thing to be sexualised by people who are attracted to you, but it’s quite another thing when the lack of a ‘you,’ when dehumanization, is the main factor.’

It’s this sense of dehumanization that has inspired the below images in which Emma Holten are contingent and integral to the subject matter’s consent to have such images seen and shared.

Emma Holten

Reflects Holten further: ‘It’s also about problematising and experimenting with the roles we most see naked women portraying. We seldom smile, are in control, live. We never look, we’re always looked at.

The pictures are an attempt at making me a sexual subject instead of an object. I am not ashamed of my body, but it is mine. Consent is key. Just as rape and sex have nothing to do with each other, pictures shared with and without consent are completely different things.’

Adding: I’m trying to communicate with victims, with legislators, with people who might be unaware that in effect we have no online right to privacy, but also heavily with the people who passively consume these images. Why don’t they care about consent? Why don’t they care about the agency of the subject of a picture?

What do you think? Should the web be forced to take down images of women when their consent is not given and why has the web continued to allow and foster such images on an increasing scale? Are women simply resigned to be perpetual sexual objects (at the gratification of men) or is the web just delivering what its voyeuristic users secretly desire irrespective of the shaming and humiliation it may cause women whose consent is not given and what responsibility to publishers bear?

Emma Holten

Emma Holten

Emma Holten

Emma Holten

Emma Holten

Emma Holten

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