Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Double Standard for Men and Women: Prince Harry Speaks About Nude Photos

I posted about the double standard that I thought went down between the Prince Harry nude Vegas photos and the topless photos taken of Princess Kate sunbathing last year. In that post, I mentioned how no one was concerned about Harry's privacy.

Prince Harry recently said this:

 "I was in a private area and there should be a certain amount of privacy that one should expect. Back at home, all my close friends rallied around me and were great."

He says more, here.

When Prince Harry's nude photos were revealed to the world, no one thought about his feelings or whether or not his privacy had been invaded. They still don't.

When Princess Kate's topless photos were made known, it was decided to respect her privacy and not print those photos anywhere. Poor dear girl. I guess she forgot the entire world watches every move she makes when she whipped off her top.

While I agree that it was right to not print the photos of Kate and to respect her privacy, I don't think Harry's privacy was respected at all. And from the articles I've read so far since he's decided to speak about it, I still don't see anyone claiming his privacy was invaded and that those photos of him never should have been pubbed.

And that's a fascinating twist on the double standards that still exist between men and women. It's okay to stalk the guy and post all the nude photos of him you want...almost as if he deserves it...but don't dare touch the poor helpless woman and post topless photos of her.

Interesting take on privacy, too.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Because she's female. There is too much built-in to society when it comes to protecting females from the 'leering looks' of others. (Most likely biological in origin-a remnant from a much earlier time) And not so much invested in protecting the guys from same...it's treated with a wink-wink, nudge-nudge, and boys will be boys and all.
Sexist? Absolutely. Is it also "played into" by all parties involved? Also absolutely. But don't take it the wrong way, that lack of concern for the guy's privacy is actually the proof that society doesn't concern itself with how a guy expresses his sexuality as much as they do a woman's because they respect his right to express it at all.
The woman...not so lucky. She gets called a slut (most women) or a victim (future Queens of England)