Pop-Culture | Posted by Freddy-May A. on 06/8/2010

Hayley Williams’ Topless Photos: Who Cares?

Hayley Williams of Paramore

Hayley Williams of Paramore

So, as you may or may not have heard, a topless photo of Hayley
Williams was posted on her Twitter. The post was deleted fifteen
minutes later, and thirty minutes after that, another post appeared saying she’d been hacked. Nobody knows whether or not this is true, but the internet is abuzz with speculation, and, of course, judgments on her moral character. There are some who say “she’d never do that, she was hacked” and some who say there’s no way she was hacked and she’s a trashy slut, and some who say “oh, she made a mistake, we all do.” Well, I’m calling b.s. on all of these viewpoints.

You guys. Big deal. They are boobs. Girls have boobs. Did you
know? Twenty-one-year-old women have boobs. Women who sing for bands I like have boobs, women who sing for bands I don’t like have boobs.Sometimes women take pictures of their boobs. Sometimes people besides these women hack into their twitter accounts and post them; sometimes these women post them themselves but then because people shame them for it pretend they are hacked. Who knows? who fucking cares? it’s not like she’s underage. It’s not like people don’t have topless pictures of Taylor Lautner or whoeverthefuckelse. It’s not like nipples on girls are more sexual than nipples on guys.

People defending her? Stop talking about how she made a mistake, she
did something stupid, whatever. IT DOESN’T MATTER. Because women in
any kind of performance industry are constantly encouraged to be
sexysexysexy and show as much skin as possible… without showing the
dreaded naked boobs. Because, my friends, having nipples makes you a

And sure, maybe she was hacked. And if so, I feel really bad for you,
Hayley. That sucks ass and is not okay for someone to leak photos of
you that you really didn’t want people to see. But if you did post it
yourself? Fine. I’m glad you felt comfortable with that, and I’m
sorry that that confidence got taken away so quickly in the face of
“disappointed” fans. Either way, I don’t like Paramore much at all,
but I still fucking respect you as a person, and I hope that you
appreciate that in the face of people either defending that you would
“never do such a thing” or being “disappointed” in you. Really, you
are twenty-one years old, and it is not a big damn deal.

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  • Katherine C. @ at 11:13 am, June 8th, 2010


  • Kelly S. @ at 12:37 pm, June 8th, 2010

    Thank you! I couldn’t believe how many people were willing to denounce the band after the picture was posted. I mean, it’s a body. We all have bodies. I don’t understand why some body parts are more offensive than others. And I certainly don’t understand how a body part can make someone dislike a person or a band or the band’s music.

  • Amy CT @ at 1:48 pm, June 8th, 2010


  • KS @ at 1:59 pm, June 8th, 2010

    There is such a double standard with shirtlessness: when guys take shirtless photos, they are commended for their exceptional dedication in building fine abdominal muscles while girls taking shirts off are often referred to as an act of promiscuity. Granted, there are anatomical differences but I really don’t understand why girls going shirtless is received with such hostility.


  • Elizabeth @ at 6:01 pm, June 8th, 2010

    Like it or not, breasts have been sexualized by American culture. And because of this girls with even the slightest hint of propriety should keep their shirts on in public.

    She shouldn’t have taken topless pictures to begin with if she never wanted them to be seen.

  • Tessa @ at 6:44 pm, June 8th, 2010

    Yeah definitely. I cannot stand the double standard in society about sexuality. Men going shirtless is perfectly fine, while apparently, women going shirtless is a bad thing.

  • Crystal @ at 8:47 pm, June 8th, 2010

    Thank. You.

  • O'Phylia @ at 9:57 pm, June 8th, 2010

    “It’s not like people don’t have topless pictures of Taylor Lautner or whoeverthefuckelse.”

    This is where I applauded you.

  • Samuel W. @ at 2:24 am, June 9th, 2010

    I’ll be paying absolutely zero attention to this incredibly dull, dreadfully familiar old news: nude pics on internet! SCANDALOUS! NOT! NOT AT ALL! Hell, there’s a bunch of pictures painted in the VICTORIAN era that have topless women. It should’ve only been a big deal in the Victorian age, as a matter of fact, and the fact is it’s only offensive or occasionally off-putting to people when it’s somehow made sexual, which is another matter entirely than the breasts merely being exposed. Get over it world, exposed breasts in our pop culture is old, tired news that ought to be dropped like a stone.

  • Eastern European Girl @ at 7:29 am, June 9th, 2010

    I agree with every single word :)

  • stephanie @ at 10:34 am, June 9th, 2010


  • indiended @ at 7:00 pm, June 10th, 2010

    Cheers for this one, I’ll be back lol!

  • natasha @ at 3:49 pm, June 11th, 2010

    miley cyrus recently said something exactly like that and i was pretty surprised.

  • Emily @ at 6:39 am, June 13th, 2010

    I think the only thing sad about that image being posted of her (mostly because I think she did do it) is that she has to distance herself from a sexual image of herself.

    I think it shows more evidence that our culture is not accepting of women who are proud of their sexuality and I think the whole situation is sad.

  • Iced Tees @ at 9:30 pm, June 13th, 2010

    Here’s the photo in case no one can find it:


    And here is a funny t-shirt about the scandal:


  • johnny @ at 9:32 am, June 14th, 2010

    @elizabeth: why on earth are you on a progressive feminist blog if you believe in accepting blatant sexist double standards instead of challenging? i have trouble believing you’re terribly feminist if you believe a woman who goes against accepted gender roles must lack ‘propriety’ (a term which, by the way, reeks of oppressive victorian ideas about ‘proper’ and ‘improper’ women).

  • Haley @ at 1:51 pm, June 14th, 2010

    my sentiments exactly.

  • Melody @ at 1:17 am, July 5th, 2010

    This is the best thing I think I’ve ever read on any feminist blog anywhere. I want to print this and tape it on my bedroom wall.

  • Freddy-May @ at 8:01 pm, July 7th, 2010

    Thank all of you for your awesome comments! (Melody, I’d be HONORED to be on someone’s bedroom wall.)

    Elizabeth, Johnny basically summed it up for me, but why do you feel that you should just accept and act within the status quo? Why not challenge it, instead?

  • Alexis @ at 10:17 pm, August 9th, 2010

    Freddy-May, I applaud you!
    Since I was five years of age (which was 11 years ago) I have never understood why it was decent for those of the male gender to be seen bare-chested and why it was indecent for those of the female gender to be seen bare-chested. I understood that there are, indeed, differences in the anatomy of males and females however, if a female’s breasts could be decreased then a female’s chest would be identical to that of a male’s chest.
    A female’s breasts are not programmed by DNA to be used as sexual organs; yes, the breasts may be considered as errogenous (sp?) zones and may be sexually arousing for a female but, that is not the purpose that breasts are genetically designed for! The breasts are to be solely used as a source of nutrition when they lactate after giving birth to a child (if a female chooses to have a child, that is).
    In addition, why is it that bare-chested and even fully naked women can be drawn, painted, etc. and be considered as beautiful pieces of art but when a woman shows her breasts in public it is disgusting, dirty, and “slutty”? Where is the rationing in that?
    Once again, I do applaud you, Freddy-May, for writing this article and I throughly encourage you to keep on writing!

  • Kelly @ at 8:32 pm, April 17th, 2011

    I’m surprised everyone is applauding this. Women are sexualized enough in our culture as it is. Women sports stars aren’t taken seriously unless they pose in Playboy magazine or Sports Illustrated. It has become the norm for female pop stars to parade around without any pants on (Lady Gaga, anyone?) I think the best way for women to take their sexuality back is to be modest. Cover up, people! Feminism doesn’t have to be about parading around with your nipples out. Men have already made sure that women can only be seen as sex objects instead of intelligent human beings, and by continuing to parade around in the nude we only add more fuel to their fire.

  • Kelly @ at 5:11 pm, April 18th, 2011

    Wow- so you didn’t post either of my comments. It’s pretty sad that you are denying others of free speech when you supposedly are a feminist, which has its roots in free speech and freedom of expression. The fact that you would not allow either of my comments on either article shows me how close-minded you are. I will discontinue viewing your website and I will let others know not to visit your website, as differences of opinion are clearly not allowed on here.

  • Halle @ at 10:29 pm, April 28th, 2011

    Dude- your comment is right there….

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