‘Sexting’ is typically referred to as sending a nude photo through a phone. There is nothing new about sharing a nude photo with a beloved. You just used to have to go to a seedy photography shop to get your film developed, or use a Polaroid and hand it over. The chances of lots of people seeing the photo were low. Remember needing to spring for double prints? Now, within seconds, thousands of people can see your nude photo depending on which app or website it gets uploaded to. Stats on the prevalence of sexting among teens are unclear, because studies range between 9%-60% (1, 2) of teens reporting that they have ever shared a nude image of themselves. So it’s difficult to tell how common sexting actually is. In order for us to address sexting in a realistic way with teens, we must first understand the sexual culture they live in that normalizes sexting.
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12/11/2018 01:06:03 pm
Hi Professor Maas, I am in your HDFS class and I am reading multiple of your blog posts for my 5th application experience, however, this one stuck out to me. My brother is a senior in high school and so this topic really applies to him since the pressure to fit in and be popular is so strong at that age. The difference is, he is autistic. This makes it incredibly hard for him to know right and wrong in social situations. He is a teenage boy and they have urges but I always worry about him getting wrapped up in something illegal or immoral within this topic. Like you said above, if your friend is sexting then you will hop on that train most-likely as well. If Ryan, my brother, started talking to a girl and she felt the need to send him a picture, I can't confidently say that Ryan wouldn't want to feel cool and popular at the moment and share that picture within his friend group. And there ya have it, a girl who thought she was sending it to her boyfriend, ends up sending it to multiple people because Ryan showed it to them. This ultimately break her self-esteem and lead to so many issues. I don't want to believe that would happen or that Ryan wouldn't respect her privacy but you never know. Another point I want to expand on with you is your point on victimizing and blaming women when it comes to sexting. Asking "what is wrong with her?" blows my mind! Why isn't it okay for a female to feel confident and show off her body? We all have them! We must do so in a respectful way of course, and also keep it legal, BUT why do girls get so much sham for it while boys are applauded? It doesn't make sense to me, and this blog post really opened my eyes to how much of an almost "teeter-totter" effect this concept is. It's either good for people or bad for people and it could also ruin lives, yet people sext over and over again every day and nothing is changing.
1/12/2021 12:49:19 pm
Very nice posst
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