Violating women’s privacy – and proud of it
A woman face down on a bed, naked, sleeping and unknowing.
A man, phone at the ready, takes her picture. She doesn’t know. She has not consented.
Grinning and thumbs up, he then tweets it like some virtual swap card, with the hash tags #wakeupwitharandom, #awkwardsundays and #bedofshame.
For capturing without her permission, the image of the woman he only a short time ago, engaged in the most intimate acts with, he is praised. While she is shamed.
The grinning moron is hailed for the feat. The sleeping woman is labelled a slut. “Woke up next to some sl*g”, tweeted one man, humiliating the woman he didn’t mind using a short time before“.
Repeat this too many times to count and you get an idea of the twitter phenomenon which began when UK Geordie Shore reality TV star Gaz Beadle asked his 500,000 followers: “How many people r doing the walk of shame hahahaha #wakeupwitharandom #awkwardtaxihome.”
Large numbers of men began tweeting photos of their one-night-stands, in a virtual game of one-upmanship where a woman’s right to privacy was violated for their cyber shaming pleasure.
The ‘star’, described by Jezebel as “sadly but unsurprisingly a role model for many idiots”, then merrily retweeted the pics sent by his gleeful fans.
The topic trended on twitter, Beadle said he’d had a great time at the online humiliation party and was “Defo doing it again next week yer?”
However, The Sun got hold of it and following a storm of criticism, Beadle deleted all the photos and comments from his twitterfeed with an apology that was too little too late. The damage was done. The photos of many unsuspecting women continued to circulate, justified it as women getting their just deserts.
“If these girls weren’t so easy then they wouldn’t end up in #bedofshame”
“People have to remember that the so called victims of #bedofshame made the decision to have a one night stand.#consequences”
Another man thanked his comrades for helping him identify all the sluts to avoid.
Here’s what I had to say on Channel 7 Sunrise this morning.