just had my first class of sex & culture and we have a group project for thursday where we choose a show/video/article and discuss it (write a page analysis and ten minute presentation) in the scope of sexuality, norms, and society. my group of three decided to do the recent cloud leak of celebrity nude photos. i’m really excited and am enjoying discussing the different aspects of it. but we’re planning on doing a ppt with our presentation and both the other girls want to show the unedited photos. i have no qualms with nudity, and nor does our prof for this course, but i just don’t think it’s right. the girls’s argument is that showing the edited ones is a form of sexual censorship and oppressive towards the women in question. for me it’s like, i feel like we’re perpetuating the situation by presenting these photos, photos that none of these women gave consent to have published. both of the girls are women studies majors and have a lot more than me to say about why we should show them. and after i started saying i didn’t want to show the unedited photos, the prof came up and said that i was uncomfortable because of internalized oppression against women’s bodies.
i didn’t want to alienate my prof and these girls in my group, on the first day of class no less, but i don’t feel right about it.