Nude photos have become a valuable commodity in the digital marketplace with both sellers and buyers. The dealers are well-informed in the sense that they know that the commodity has a value, and that there is a demand — and the consumers know accordingly what they want. It is this market structure that incites to make sexual shaming a product at supply, in demand and hence existing under certain market conditions. It is worth noting, that those who move about on larger, organized sharing pages usually operate anonymously.
But under the veil of anonymity there are profiles with cover names gaining notoriety and recognition for their dirty deeds on a large scale. The market dynamics is based on a supply and demand economy where interaction between buyers and sellers provides the price of the commodity. The commodity being supplied is typically compromising photos of girls and women. Most often these photos are originally exchanges in a one-to-one relation between two persons—not intended for flourishing outside this relation.
One should hence imagine that the demand should be very limited for an audience not part of the one-to-one-relations. Still, a lot of pictures are exchanged or traded in a one-to-many relation.
This provokes two kinds of supplies: A legitimate supply among the two persons in the one-to-one relation, and an illegal among many. The demand exceeds, so to speak, the legitimate exchange and spurs the increase in the illegal supply. When a picture ends up in a one to many-relation it becomes a commodity that can be negotiated, priced, sold, and exchanged for other compromising images of yet other victims.
As part of the market structure there is this kind of IOU-relation, where the buyer owes the seller a photo, if the trader in question previously has obtained a photo of high value. This continuous demand, where buyer and seller owe each other valuable goods, contributes to the perpetual liquidity of the market. When the Danish feminist, Emma Holten, as a response to the sexual shaming she was exposed to in , voluntarily shared dozens of nude pictures of herself, she flooded — so to speak — the market with the demanded product, whereupon the value dropped.
When the market is punctured, it is no longer liquid. One of the fundamental mechanisms of status economy is that the distinction between rational and irrational driven actions is blurred. In an attempt to gain status and attention the individual may be ready to compromise private opinion just to jack up notoriety, fame or attention.
The hunt for fame and status obscures the sensible understanding and acknowledgement of sexual shaming being at the expense of the victim, destructive and hurtful. Obviously, it may every so often be rational to glance at what others are doing for social recognition and satisfaction, but this tactic often becomes irrational as soon as we do something, because we think that everybody else thinks it is the right thing to do even if no one thinks so privately.
This pluralistic ignorance thrives safe and sound in the digital world www. A great many things are kept alive in the online world, because we individually speculate in what we think other people think is the right thing to do, the cool thing to pursue, the thing that returns most social capital. Collectively we may subscribe to a norm we privately reject because we erroneously believe that all, or at least the majority, believes something very different from what we in fact believe ourselves.
It is this status economics on steroids, which may occasion a market for sexual shaming. It is part of the DNA of humans that we covet the recognition or attention of others — that is part of being a social animal. That would be a step backward, not a step forward. Hendricks Page. Monday 28 November Nude photos have become a valuable commodity in the digital marketplace with both sellers and buyers.
Demand Exceeds Supply The market dynamics is based on a supply and demand economy where interaction between buyers and sellers provides the price of the commodity. Featured image courtesy of Pixabay.