Angie Varona was a 14 year old girl who took pictures of herself on the internet. Somehow, the pics were leaked and now she is a bit of an internet celebrity due to numerous people sharing images of herself for their own sexual pleasure. Now that she’s older, she recently did an interview with ABC, and there’s about 700 comments on reddit blaming her for taking the pictures, not the people who helped spread them, or the people who set up entire areas of the website for her photographs. Nope. They aren’t to blame.
However, she was 14 years old. 14 year olds are still kids in many many ways. So my only rebuttal is one taken from the movie Hard Candy
‘Oh, she was so sexy. She was asking for it.’ ‘She was only technically a girl, she acted like a woman.’ It’s just so easy to blame a kid, isn’t it! Just because a girl knows how to imitate a woman, does NOT mean she’s ready to do what a woman does.
I mean, you’re the grown up here. … If a kid says ‘Hey, let’s make screwdrivers!’ You take the alcohol away, and you don’t race them to the next drink! (emphasis mine)
And that is the fundamental failure. The victim blaming only builds on that failure.
And that’s one big fuckin’ failure.