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Text Box 1.1 Revenge porn and nude photos – digital abuse culture In discussions about gender equality, the concept of feminism has been relevant in recent years in the various cases of revenge pornography and illegal sharing of nude photos on the internet. The sharing of nude images is part of the phenomenon of digital abuse having to do with violation of children, adolescents and adults through the social media in the form of exhibition and sharing of nude photos. A new abuse culture has arisen through social media where people, through anonymous chats, give each other access to viewing and sharing photos and videos particularly of young women without further consideration of the victims who are left abused and humiliated. In Denmark, it is illegal to forward a photo or video unless the person in the 22 CHAPTER 1 picture has consented to it. In several court rulings, young men, in particular, have been punished for sharing photos without consent. Even though it is illegal, different views have been aired in the debate: what advice should we give young women? Should they stop sending photos of themselves? Many have argued that young women should not send photos or videos where they pose in the nude or have sex. A photo or video does not disappear, and you never know how you feel about the person you made the photo or video with in 1, 5 or 10 years! Intimate images may fall into the wrong hands or tempt someone who cannot comprehend the consequences of their actions. Another view in the debate is that women should be allowed to share what


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