Leaked Nudes & Sex Tapes America’s Obsession With Power

America is both terrified and obsessed with the idea of nudity and how nude bodies must be viewed as sexual objects. This double-edged sword of a relationship America has with nudity shows its true colors whenever we see celebrity nude photos or sex tapes leak. Since the internet became a household commonality, America’s obsession with holding some sort of power over its brightest stars has led to an influx of leaked nudes and sex tapes.

In this week’s episode, we’re looking into both America’s weird relationship with naked bodies as well the media and general public’s response to leaked celebrity nude photos and unauthorized releases of sex tapes. A conversation sparked by the recent controversy over Britney Spears sharing self-censored nudes on Instagram led us down a rabbit hole covering everyone from Vanessa Hudgens to Pete Wentz to Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian.

Other episodes of Name 3 Songs we think you’d enjoy include: The Virgin-Whore Complex and Its Control Over Pop Culture & Maligned Women of the 00s: From Your Screen to Your Stereo

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Sources for Leaked Nudes & Sex Tapes America’s Obsession With Power

Why Are Americans Afraid of Being Naked? (Alternet.org, Dara Colwell, April 2007)

Does the US have a problem with topless women? (BBC News Colorado, Dhruti Shah, January 2020)

Americans Are Very Weird & Immature About Sex (An Injustice Mag, Alex Mell-Taylor, June 2021)

Kris Jenner Reportedly Wasn’t Involved in the Sex Tape ‘Leak’ (Paper Mag, May 2022)

How did Kim Kardashian actually get famous? A timeline of her career (Cosmopolitan UK, Dusty Baxter-Wright, Sept 2017)

Paris Hilton’s sex tape was revenge porn. The world gleefully watched. (Vox, Constance Grady, May 2021)

Vanessa Hudgens: Nude Picture Scandal Was the “Worst Moment of My Career” (Us Weekly, February 2013)

Vanessa Hudgens on her journey from High School Musical to Hollywood (Cosmopolitan UK, Nicola Fahey, January 2020)

When celebrity nudes were everywhere (VOX, Constance Grady, February 2022)

YouTube clip of ABC News report on Vanessa Hudgens Nudes

Pete Wentz: ‘We felt underappreciated by some of the fans’ (The Guardian, Mark Beaumont, February 2015)

Miley’s Rock & Roll Heart (Rolling Stone, Brittany Spanos, December 2020)

Justin Bieber Breaks His Silence On Those Photos (Bustle, Kadeen Griffiths, October 2015)

Reactions to Bieber’s Nudes Are Frustrating (Bustle, Maitri Suhas, October 2015)

Who is Yung Gravy as his Leaked Video Goes Viral on Twitter? (The Teal Mango, Mallika, July 17, 2022)

Viral Yung Gravy Twitter video sparks memefest online (sports keeda, Srishti Marwah, July 23rd, 2022)

Monty Lopez, Addison Rae Mother Sheri Easterling, Tana Mongeau And Yung Gravy TikTok Drama And Controversy Explained (The Sports Grail, Sakshi Kaushik, Aug 9th, 2022)

Britney Spears’ Latest Set of Naked Photos on Instagram Is Sparking a Heated Debate (SheKnows, Kristyn Burtt, May 10, 2022)

Britney Spears’ Sons Refuse To See Their Mom Over Embarrassing Nude Selfies, Ex-Husband Kevin Federline Reveals (OK Magazine, Alexandra Stone, Aug 6, 2022)

Sam Asghari says Britney Spears’ sons should be ‘proud’ of her nude pics (New York Post, Samantha Ibrahim, August 10, 2022)

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