This is precisely what many of us have been on about for a very long time – people taking responsibility for their own actions and not blaming others or society or how horrible that wolf was in taking those shots. Exactly the same as women who go out at night by themselves and get hurt. Exactly the same as people getting fat – it’s not a “fat gene”, it’s your lack of self-control.
That Lara Logan who went into Egypt thinking she had some miraculous pass to safety when no one else did – that’s the sort of thing we have here. Yes, terribly, terribly sorry she was nearly raped [and I mean that] but what did she expect?
Look Kate, the definition of “private” in this happy-snaps situation is inside your own home. You weren’t inside your own home and not even inside these people’s home but in a garden which was not yours, by a pool, with a hill overlooking it and that’s fair game for a photographer of that kind. And please don’t say it was “private” because if he was in a position where he could get those shots, then ipso facto, it was not private.
And what were you doing topless anyway outside? If that’s the kinda girl you are, then pics get taken and men salivate over you. If that’s not the type of girl you are – as in the cries of “grotesque” – then the solution is to keep your gear on outside.
All I can say is my mother would never have gone for a swim in a pool unclothed, for the very reason that there was once a thing called personal decency. I appreciate that other people are far more bohemian than my family was and good luck to them.
And seriously – there’s this naivety again. Harry should have known with all those street chicks with phonecameras. Wills should have known too and advised you that the paparazzi are always within range.
The worst part though is not the morality and the “Caesar’s wife beyond reproach” – it’s that you’ll never live this down.
These are photos, not something which will disappear next year. Long after the photographer and the magazine have been prosecuted and it’s all died down, those shots of your bare mammary glands will still be on old men’s computers, just like Carla Bruni’s but in her case, she wanted it so.
And one day your children are going to see them too. This is what the world saw of mummy. Sobering.
By the way, thought one of the comments was good:
I wonder if the naked rambler is linked to Royalty.