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Laws 2014, 3(3), 529-552; doi:10.3390/laws3030529

Crowdsourcing Sexual Objectification

Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, University of Ottawa, Fauteux Hall, 57 Louis Pasteur Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5, Canada
Received: 26 May 2014 / Revised: 25 July 2014 / Accepted: 28 July 2014 / Published: 6 August 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Technology, Social Media and Law)
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This paper analyzes the criminal offence of the non-consensual distribution of intimate images (what some call “revenge porn”). Focussing on the debate currently underway in Canada, it notes that such an offence would fill a grey area in that country’s criminal law. Arguing, more broadly, that the criminal law has an important expressive function, the paper posits that the offence targets the same general type of wrongdoing—sexual objectification—that undergirds sexual assault. While not all objectification merits criminal sanction, the paper explains why the non-consensual distribution of intimate images does and why a specific offence is legitimate. View Full-Text
Keywords: criminal law; revenge porn; sexual assault; criminal wrongdoing; consent; Canada; sexual objectification; distribution of intimate images; cybercrime; online harassment criminal law; revenge porn; sexual assault; criminal wrongdoing; consent; Canada; sexual objectification; distribution of intimate images; cybercrime; online harassment
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Mathen, C. Crowdsourcing Sexual Objectification. Laws 2014, 3, 529-552.

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