The naked truth: Nude selfies are the butt of the joke 54

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Have you been shocked, scandalised, offended, disgusted or maybe even titillated by the flood of pictures which, apparently, is swamping the Twitter world yet again? I’m talking here about “nude selfies”.

No? Well neither have I. Frankly, I couldn’t care less.

And, it seems, the latest dire news is that Chinese web sites are publishing these “nude selfies” despite the fact that public nudity is illegal in China. No doubt they are doing this to prove to their domestic audience how utterly decadent foreign young ladies can be and that they do so with complete disgust. Then again, they could just be dirty old pervs but at least these pictures prove to the comrades that Hollywood, at least, has nothing to hide.

So-called “A-list celebrities” have had their mobile phones hacked and naked pictures they have of themselves and/or their nearest and dearest are being sent far and wide. Maybe I have missed out because I don’t use Twitter or tweet or whatever – well not since taking the tablets – and my knowledge of mobile phone technology is, at best, primitive.

Can you believe that I only use my mobile phone to just make and receive calls and to send and receive the odd text message? I don’t even know if I can take snaps with my phone and even if I could I wouldn’t know how to send them to my legions of adoring fans. That’s terribly disappointing for them but that’s life so get over it.

Then again, at my age I doubt whether all that many would be interested in receiving from me what is called a “nude selfie”. The days when I had a body that would have more or less passed muster for a “nude selfie” passed early in the Fraser Government when we didn’t even have mobile phones much less the Twitter/tweet facility or whatever it is called.

In fact, when I was at my peak as a bronzed, clean-cut and all-Australian iron man the only way to take snaps was with your box brownie and then you had to take the roll of film to the chemist who sent them away to be developed. If the Kodak people had then detected a “nude selfie” they would have undoubtedly alerted Her Majesty’s Constabulary.

Gosh, did you know that Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Kate Upton, Kaley Cuoco, Anna Kendrick, Vanessa Hudgens and Kim Kardashian have had their “nude selfies” pinched and sent all over the place? Now, wasn’t that worth getting out of bed to know?

Actually, I have never heard of any of these – well, I can somehow recall Kim Kardashian who comes from a very large family which I understand is famous for being famous. A bit like the Gabor sisters from another era, I suppose. I did learn during my exhaustive and exhausting research that Kim has a daughter called North West and, no, I don’t know why the kiddie was landed with this name – maybe it was the direction Kim was pointing when the cute little tyke was conceived.

“Hacked actress” Mary Elizabeth Winsted whose snaps were stolen tweeted, “To those of you looking at photographs I took with my husband years ago in the privacy of our home, hope you feel great about yourselves”.

Naturally since I am noted for being a really caring and sharing person, I felt her pain and I shared her anguish but I couldn’t also help wondering why she and hubby hadn’t just pasted their snaps into the family album along with the lovely pictures of that wonderful day celebrating the grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary. Incidentally, once upon a time I would have felt profound pity, utter revulsion and sheer horror if I read about a “hacked actress” because she would have been subjected to an insane attack by an axe-wielding maniac. The same emotions just don’t arise vis-a-vis Ms Winsted and her like.

Am I being just too silly and simple when I think that the best way to protect your nude snaps from being disseminated far and wide is not to keep them on your mobile phone? Don’t these people know that nothing anymore is truly private?

Despite all of this shame and horror, Cosmo recently reported a survey which showed 88 per cent of women admitted to taking “nude selfies” while the McAfee security company says 54 per cent of their survey respondents regularly send or receive “intimate” pictures and that climbs to 70 per cent for those aged 18 to 24.

How does mobile phone hacking happen?

As McAfee Chief Technology Officer Raj Samani explained, “The whole use of spear phishing as an attack vector to compromise disparate services – this isn’t new; we know about this and they are still being able to do it all the same”.

Well that clears that up doesn’t it? Thank you Raj.

 

Tell us below, what do you think of nude selfies? Is it our right to take nude photos of our selves? 

 

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Russell Grenning

Russell Grenning is a Brisbane-based former journalist and retired political adviser who began his career with the ABC in 1968 in Brisbane and subsequently worked on the Brisbane afternoon daily, "The Telegraph" and later as a columnist for "The Courier Mail" and "The Australian". He worked for a string of senior Ministers in the Federal, Victorian and Queensland Governments as well as in senior executive public relations positions, including Assistant Federal Director, Public Relations, for Australia Post, Public Relations Manager for the Queensland Department of Main Roads and Principal Adviser, Corporate Relations, for the Queensland Law Society.

  1. Personally I would never take naked of photo’s of myself and put them online or store them in the cloud, there is too much chance that someone could hack it. It is not people in their 40’s 50’s and 60’s and older doing this it is teenage kids and celebrities , they are also taking naked selfies and sending them to boyfriends, they may regret this is later life if those photo’s resurface again

  2. If you are going to do this and put it out there , well you have to suffer the conquences not much complaining about it after you posted it , can’t see the point myself it is not like we havent see all this before keep your clothes on and you wont have any stress, this gets pretty boring after awhile

  3. It becomes a different matter when a discrete photo for a partner is posted by the partner or the partners friend at a time when the relationship is at a low.

  4. Silly teenagers and young women who have dirty old men leering and ogling and heaven only knows what else over them

  5. I would not want my grandaughter taking naked pics of herself and sending them out or putting them online, anyone could access those pics and the girs could be in danger without even realising it

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    • I don’t understand why they think it is good. .whete has pride in oneself gone? If I’m old fashioned i don’t care. ..i like to keep pride ….

  6. If they kept them to themselves ok.but broadcasting for everyone else to see is just gross and could be quite dangerous

  7. Sorry but I don’t think it is a wise move for anyone to be taking nude photo’s and posting them for the world to see, although young people think they are doing no harm sharing with there FRIENDS, they only have to have some kind of falling out then they could pop up anywhere which could lead to not only embarrassment at least, but could destroy any career you may hope to have. Seriously think before you do anything so STUPID.

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