Gender Issue of Sextortion – Revenge Porn

Written by Lucinda Leung

Revenge porn’ is typically understood as the non-consensual distribution of private, sexual images by a malicious ex-partner. In Hong Kong context, revenge porn is also one of the ways of sextortion. Other than male victims facing sextortion after online naked chat, there are reports of female victims being threatened by ex-partner to reconcile the relationship.

Stories involving female victims received a different coverage compared with male victims. According to our news selection, sextortion which involved male victims had precise wordings in reporting. Simply the fact is reported while the background of neither the offenders nor the victims would not be discussed. The context of report is limited and did not have a lot of graphics. On the other hand, the news involving female victims might concentrate on portrayal of female victimization.

There would be more description and graphic on the reports of crime with female victim. stories about women victims may have a heightened visual, sexual, or sympathetic appeal. It may also be a product of news values and gender discourses. (Naylor, 2001)

Some of the reports would also disclose the family background of the female victims and the details of the crime, it increases the curiosity from the public. The news coverage and information was a lot more than those with male victims. This is how media shaped the public’s understanding to sextortion, especially when there are female victims.

Last but not least, revenge porn involves the Internet and social media. Worrying the negative impacts to daily lives, women hardly speaks out and chose to endure the sufferings on their own. Some of the women victims, especially for those who are professionals, might even feel hard to report it to the police because they are worried the incident was known to their significant others. The Chinese society perceives that female who engages in sexual activity as lack of proper virtues. Worrying their private life being exposed to the public, women tended to hide the incident. Therefore, the society should consider how could females sex crime victim be helped and a lot more supportive services to prevent under-reporting sextortion should be poured into the community.

Reference:

McGlynn, C., Rackley, E., & Houghton, R. (2017) Beyond ‘Revenge Porn’: The Continuum of Image-Based Sexual Abuse. Feminist Legal Studies. 25:25–46

Naylor, B. (2001). Reporting Violence in the British Print Media: Gendered Stories. The Howard Journal. 40(2): 180-194.

Wenweipo. (2017). 裸聊男疑中招 遭勒索$5萬. Retrieved from http://paper.wenweipo.com/2017/02/01/HK1702010016.htm

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