Jennifer Lawrence and proof of a male dominated society

Published: September 4, 2014

Celebrities are human beings too and everyone makes mistakes some time; just because one gets to highlight something negative about a person’s life doesn’t mean that the person is all bad. PHOTO: REUTERS

Jennifer Lawrence is one of those celebrities you cannot help but fall in love with. She’s funny, spontaneous, and doesn’t seem to have a filter when it comes to speaking, and the fact that she is so GIF-able, adds to her fame. So it came as a shock when a couple of days ago, a user on an anonymous forum decided to drop the bomb that he has Jennifer Lawrence’s, and other Hollywood celebrities’, nude photographs, and leaked a first batch.

The internet went on fire that day and no one could talk about anything else. But there seems to be a divide in opinion of her fans.

Some say it serves her well for taking the pictures; something like this was bound to have happened one day, considering her status as an A-List celebrity. The team investigating the hack claims their passwords were from the list of most common passwords used. Some claim it’s just a giant celebrity publicity stunt. But most are of the opinion that it is a violation of privacy and have raised some serious concerns over the state of it in the internet-loving world of today.

Most people sympathise with the celebrities whose accounts were hacked.

While we have the people who stand by her, and who feel angry and sorry at the same time, let’s talk about the ones who are still trash-talking about this incident and Jennifer Lawrence.

Even if you are the most adorable person on the internet, and everyone claims to love you, you do one thing wrong and the people will turn against you. The spotlight makes it easier for people to see how the stars live but they also have a life outside of the spotlight, which happens to be their personal life. Knowing that, there will always be people trying to create a rift between the public image of that celebrity and their personal lives.

Celebrities are human beings too and everyone makes mistakes some times; just because one gets to highlight something negative about a person’s life doesn’t mean that the person is all bad. But that is what the internet is trying to do to Jennifer Lawrence and others involved in the hack.

Also, notice how there is no male artist in the list of the celebrities who were allegedly hacked. It shows that the media is still controlled by men and no matter how much we go ahead, this will be a male dominated society, always looking out for its masculine needs.

Through this hack, we learnt that no matter how talented a woman is, she will always be seen as a sex object and will be treated in the same way. It raises concerns over the portrayal of women, not just in Hollywood but also in general. If such top celebrities, with so much in their hands, can be objectified like this, then why will a common woman be safe from the prying eyes of this male dominated society?

For women, it’s harder than men to come out of their comfort zones and follow their passions in a smooth and clean way. And this hack only adds to the multitude of bumps of insecurities and hardships women have to face along the way. It only shows that we, as human beings, are only contributing to make the lives of such talented individuals harder than they already are.

This will create a stigma in the minds of those talents not yet in the spotlight, and in turn, will make them hesitate to come forth and show the world their craft. This does not only mean being an actress; it applies to politicians, philanthropists, newscasters, models, radio jockeys and the likes. Women need to feel safe and with stunts like these being pulled every day, the world is making it harder for them to feel comfortable in their own skin.

Another concern raised is the privacy that we have in this gadget-infested world we live in. We are connected with everyone over the internet and there’s only one thing keeping our identities intact – our passwords. What we learnt from this is that one should not be dependent on technology to hold such vulnerable information about ourselves. We are prone to things leaking or being hacked, so why do we have to give away ourselves to something so fickle?

Our dependency on technology is alarming. It can come back to haunt us in ways we cannot even imagine, so we should learn to be more careful. If it can happen to A-List Hollywood celebrities, then who’s to say that we, the commoners, are safe?

All in all, I think this leak was a portrayal of our society as a whole and shows how we still have a long way to go in terms of being tolerant, trusting, and how we see women in our society. And it’s not a portrayal I would like to see. We need to be more human, be more supportive and be more open minded. Being this small-minded will only make life difficult for others – and perhaps for us too.

Haseeb Sultan

Haseeb Sultan

The author is is a dentist, writer, and an artist. He blogs at and tweets at @haseebsultan_ (

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • SecularlyYours

    I hope the typical Pakistanis don’t plaster the comments section with their typical victim-blaming “She shouldn’t have taken the pictures” wali qaum, who the are YOU to tell her what she should do in the privacy of her home with her phone
    I’m proud of the Western society & hollywood for shaming the hacker who leaked the pics instead of JLaw & other actresses who were a victim of this cyber sex crime.Recommend

  • Saad

    Hollywood makes money out of these ‘sex objects’ and thats why actresses make millions out of it. They know what they signed up for and what they have to be portrayed as to survive in the industry. These actresses don’t get work just cause of their talent.

    Thousands of porn actresses get ‘sex objectified’ and no one bats an aye. One hollywood actress loses her dignity and every feminist loses their mindsRecommend

  • Critical

    What I really find strange is that inspite of all these high profile leaks in the past,the Hollywood fraternity seem to have learned…

    I do agree that most of these actresses might not have an IQ higher than room temperature,but they must be surrounded by a team of agents who try to project their popularity…atleast they should advise them to be careful after Scarlett Johansen,Vanessa Hudgens and other celebrities were hacked…

    Edward Snowden has revealed to us that anything stored in an electronic media is vulnerable to attack…

    BTW,I’m not vindicating these women for taking photos in phones…Its their private life and they have all the rights to do anything….

    But this is the same precaution we take by checking if all the doors are locked everynight…and yes,also make sure the locks you use are not easy to get into…Recommend

  • Critical

    Well,everyone is talking that the naughty photos of few celebrities were released,but nobody has realized the bigger threat…

    iCloud is vulnerable,the hackers might have also taken our personal information but our credit card information,contact info,calendar information…Recommend

  • Abuzar Jamil

    Why would you take nude photos of yourself and store it online on i cloud.As much as these leaks are unethical, we should not undermine the stupidity of these celebrities.Recommend

  • Ali Dude

    uh well come on It can be a publicity stunt by celebrities as well so they can increase their rating
    and well most of the female clebs in hollywood are comfortable with nude intimate pics and scenesRecommend

  • Zaeem Ul Hassan

    No DOubt..Diz z a shame :(
    REally Great Article Haseeb bhaiiii..Proud Of U <3..
    Keep Writing..!!!Recommend

  • Nobody

    Respect for writing this.
    While women have made great strides, and many men have supported it, there are still smarmy vermin of the male species out there who will objectify anything that doesn’t have ‘boy parts’ (the opposite is also true with some women, mind you). It’s a poisonous combination of male entitlement, lack of consequences in an online forum as laws have not caught up yet, good ole’ sexism, and anonymity in the internet world. These same people would think twice before behaving the way they do in a public face to face setting; put them behind a computer screen and suddenly they have wings. It’s pathetic.

    That being said, women and men should stop worrying about the opinion of others or what society says to do/think/wear/eat/marry. I was lucky enough to be raised in an environment where I was taught to be thick skinned and not give much value to the opinion of those who were not my well wishers.
    The only way to fight that is to take away their ‘weapons’; these type of people thrive on the attention and shock value; some simply just thrive on hurting other people or bringing them down. The media has a hand in keeping it in the limelight to the satisfaction of those who do things like these hackers did. That’s what they were hoping for and that’s what they got. Step over them and continue on your path; this will become a boring subject.

    Anyway, thanks for your thoughts on the matter.


  • mabbasj

    Media should behave accordingly to let world realize that women are just women like any other human being , they have made this beautiful creature a sex object.Recommend

  • Iftikhar Ali

    I don’t get those pics share the linkRecommend

  • Nish

    What you don’t realise is that most android/ iphone phones automatically store backups online of all the photographs you take. They were generally considered safe till this happened.Recommend

  • Critical

    U didnt get the point…The Porn actresses had a choice whether to appear naked and they took it…Do u know that Jessica Alba has a no-nudity clause in her contract and every producer and director has to sign it before she joins the movie,even though she’s being used as a sex object…

    What has happened is that someone hacked their phones and released it..They didnt give permission to release it…Not few months ago,a textile shop in Bangalore was caught for having a camera in their trial room to photograph the women..
    So if such photos were released of women you know..Will you say the same thing????Recommend

  • Critical

    Well iCloud advertised that theirs is a very secure system even secure than your home servers….

    Ur question is like asking why are you storing the money in the bank when a team of highly talented theives can take down the security, break into the safe and take all the money…Recommend

  • Saad

    YOU didn’t get the point of the article. The author discussed the dominance of men in society and how women are treated as nothing else than sex objects. My comment has nothing to do with privacy matters whatsoever, its about digressing the authors view on male dominanceRecommend

  • Syeda KAzmi

    I do agree with the breach of privacy part.. but as far as these celebrities reaction is concern, what i don’t understand is that when they expose everything for money it is ok.. and when the same are leaked there is so much fuss being created.. whts new in it?Recommend

  • knightridrr

    What if I told you that you can disable automatic upload. Having said that Abuzar Jamil’s argument on this issue is ignorant.Recommend

  • Jean

    More and more females ( girls and women) are beginning to see what some of us have seen all along.

    Is thing is much deeper than just a male dominated media and showing of nude women running rampant.

    This is also about females not loving and respecting themselves. It is about mothers and this man exalting society allowing their daughters to be controlled by dad and later their husbands and telling these men that the are the greatest. It starts out by telling girls that it is okay if daddy sees her naked and ain’t is okay if she includes him in on her period talk and later invite him into her private delivery room.
    It has to do with the way our brainwashed mothers and other women keep telling our daughters to grow up trying to please the men in their lives. This is about everywhere you look, there is a woman trying to change herbody to make it younger, thinner, and prettier, making the show all about daddy and saying he is better and more important than her mother.
    We live in a sick male dominated society and only a few females see it and try to fight against it. Females need to wake up and learn some sense. Mar 7, 2015Recommend

  • Jean

    Men with some sense and an ounce of respect, need to speak up. And it is easy for you to say, you are a man. You are a part of the gender that does all this stuff to women. Recommend

  • Jean

    That was very ugly. Stop trying to portray feminist as bad. Feminist look out for women, the way you men do not. Recommend

  • Faisal Iqbal
  • Nobody

    I’m a man? Yeesh, it may be time to change my display picture. Dear, I am indeed a WOMAN. And if I WERE a man, I’d take strong offense to your generalization about my gender. Hell, as a woman, I take offense to it. Finger pointing does not help and assuming ALL men are part of the “evil” isn’t fair nor does it serve anyone’s purpose.