“The View” descended into pure madness Friday when one host admitted she’s too fat to send nude pics of herself to a man, and another host then responded by noting that some guys like “chubby” women.
It was an extremely unusual discussion, though for once it had nothing to do with politics — or rather, more specifically, nothing to do with bashing Republicans, which is the various hosts’ favorite pastime.
Instead the discussion centered on whether or not one should delete an ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend’s nude photos after breaking up.
The discussion was prompted by an article published last week by The Cut.
Indeed, the discussion began with co-host Joy Behar, 80, saying, “New York Magazine has a special section called The Cut, and they just posed an interesting question about relationships. Here it is: ‘If you break up with someone, are you obligated to delete any nudes that they sent you?'”
She then quipped about how back in her day, nude photos would have had to be sent through a landline, which of course was impossible.
Fellow co-host Ana Navarro, who’s a somewhat large woman, then cut in to point out that she’s never shared nudes precisely because of her weight.
“Fortunately, I’ve been fat my entire life, so there’s no nudes of me anywhere,” she said.
This prompted Behar to ask, “Your entire life?”
“Well, not entirely, but I have never been skinny enough to be sending nudes via, you know, to the Cloud,” Navarro responded.
“Some guys like that. They’re chubby chasers,” Behar then said.
“OK, well, I’ve never had that,” Navarro replied.
Except for her husband, no?
— The Cut (@TheCut) October 27, 2022
Desperate to prove her point, Behar then turned to the show’s producer, Brian Teta.
“There are man who like that. Brian, you don’t mind a chubby girl, do you? No, see,” she said.
Except Brian didn’t say no. He just shook his head no to indicate that he wasn’t about to answer such a controversial question.
The discussion eventually turned more serious again as fellow fake “Republican” Alyssah Farrah noted that technically, there were nudes — kind of — back in the day as well.
“I remember being a kid going through my girlfriend’s family photos, and we stumbled on honeymoon pictures — like, very suggestive ones. It was like a box of photos. So this does go back,” she said.
Continuing her remarks, she suggested that modern nude-photo-sharing — called “sexting” — is risky business thanks to the business of “revenge porn.”
Indeed, this is the core issue that The Cut article addresses.
By saying ‘revenge’ porn are we implying that the victim must have done something wrong or hurtful to elicit such breach of trust and privacy? Is this another subtle attempt at victim blaming? Let’s try and understand. pic.twitter.com/JYmmBYRb3W
— WION (@WIONews) October 29, 2022
“As a wealth of public cases have shown, the shame associated with revenge porn can trigger severe distress, which, at worst, can culminate in suicide,” the piece notes.
It also warns about photos getting hacked.
“We’ve seen how insecure photos can be when they’re uploaded to iCloud and so on. I think you have an ethical responsibility, not just to not share them but to ensure that they remain secure,” sex researcher Neil McArthur said to the outlet.
But the only way to keep them truly secure is to just delete them, especially given how murky the laws are around this issue.
“[N]ude ownership is as muddy legally as it is morally, as was certified by the recent divorce proceedings of Lindsay and Chris Marsh. A judge ordered Lindsay to hand over to her husband the boudoir photos she’d taken for him several years prior but insisted that the images be obscured with the messages accompanying them preserved,” The Cut notes.
Lindsay Marsh was devastated by the ruling.
“These are things that were sensual and loving that I wrote to my husband that I loved. You’re my ex-husband now,” she reportedly told The Salt Lake Tribune after the ruling.
Boudoir photographs are intimate photos to share with your significant other. But Lindsay Marsh finds herself in a bruising court battle with her ex-husband over the photos. pic.twitter.com/eR0YiXrhyW
— Inside Edition (@InsideEdition) October 2, 2022
All in all, The Cut ultimately ruled, the best decision is to delete any nude photos of an ex, though you won’t necessarily be in any trouble if you don’t.
“Relationships, and what we come out of them with, are deeply personal. So it’s doubtful that a one-size-fits-all approach will be unanimously adopted by couples when it comes to nude ownership,” the lengthy piece concludes.
“Still, erasing an ex’s explicit photographs is undoubtedly the most fail-safe way to protect them and will likely yield the most solace for both the ex in question and future partners. If you do keep and behold that bygone lover’s nudes every so often, however, you won’t have a bounty over your head from law enforcement or the morality police — but the same can’t be promised for the Reddit mob.”
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