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Emma Holten responds to nude photo leak with consensual images

01/29/2015 11:58 EST | Updated 03/31/2015 05:59 EDT
Danish student Emma Holten felt violated when a hacker raided her email and posted her private nude photos for thousands to see online.

In a surprising twist, however, she took a step which she said was empowering — though it may sound counterproductive at first blush.

"I took new photos of myself topless in everyday situations," she told CBC Radio's The Current, explaining the images were "un-sexualized," as a way to "challenge the way with which we see the female body, and accentuate the difference between consent and non-consent."

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Holten wrote an accompanying essay, titled Consent, in which she argued that nudity was not the major issue.

Part of the thrill, she learned, was with the "sexualization of non-consent," in which online tormentors and attempted blackmailers "enjoyed that I was in pain and that it was humiliating for me."

"I don't see a problem with being naked on the internet, that's not where the problem lies," Holten explained. "The problem lies with the fact that my consent has been violated."

The problem of nude images released by hackers has become an issue for everyone from celebrities to school girls and their parents. 

Listen to Holten's full audio interview with The Current's Anna Maria Tremonti by clicking on the embedded player above.

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