Resist and Take Control of Technology
The distribution of intimate sexual or erotic material without consent has a very clear goal: to discipline heterosexual women and LGBTIQ people who experience their sexuality free from patriarchal logics. There is no recognition of agency or subjects; therefore, their consent is not taken into consideration either – their bodies exist solely for the patriarchal pleasure. In face of that, there are two general options: to pull yourself back and renounce to every kind of sexual pleasure through technology; or to resist and regain control of our own sexuality, our bodies and our technology. If you choose the second option, we have a few recommendations for you to reduce the risks.
– Take control of technology
To give another person control over technology to document, store and disseminate sexual and erotic material about you is very risky. Leave the idea that only heterosexual men can deal with technology behind and don’t be scarred: get information, strength your knowledge, empower yourself and adopt safe tools. If you need suggestions, you can find them here or here. You don’t need to be a specialist to have control over technology and your data on it. Remember: your body, your rules; your technology, your rules.
– R.S.P.: Recording, Storage and Publication
Many times we are very careful about the publication of the material, but the truth is there are three key stages you should try to have control of: recording, storage and publication (D.S.P.). Don’t feel afraid to make questions in each one of these stages, to imagine hypothetical scenarios and not to consent anything unless you’re sure about everything. Here you can find some examples:
Recording: Who is going to record it, and how? Are we going to show our faces? Do I want the record to be done at my place? Are we going to edit it later? The device used to do the record will save an automatic copy on the “cloud”? How many copies of the material will be made?
Storage: Where are we going to store the record? On your computer? In the “cloud”? For how long? Who will have access to the record? What safety measures are you going to take in order to restrict access to the record?
Publication: Who do we want to see the record? On which platform are we going to publish it? In case we decide to delete the record, are we sure it’s going to be erased completely? How seriously does the platform take the safety and privacy of its users? What about the title, description and tags of the material that we are going to upload?
Never allow anyone to document, store or publish your graphic sexual material without your informed participation along the process and without your consent in each of the stages: recording, storage and publication. A general “yes” is not valid, especially if it was obtained through psychological manipulation or as a result of threats. If you give your consent to do the recording this doesn’t mean you automatically agreed on the other stages. Therefore it is important to be conscious of the decisions in each one of the D.S.P. stages.
Other External Resources
Check out Safer Nudes!from Coding Rights to get more safety recommendations and take back control of your sexuality on the Internet. Information available in Spanish, Portuguese and English.
Another fun feature from Coding Rights is #SaferSisters, a collection of GIFs for women and non-binary people to nail tech apps, gadgets and habits.
There is precious information in “The Gendersec Curricula” from Tactical Tech Collective. It’s a resource that introduces a holistic, feminist perspective to privacy and digital security trainings, formed by years of work with women and trans activists around the world.
Take Back The Tech! has also gathered valuable information about digital safety with a feminist approach in its Safety Toolkit.