Monday, February 23, 2009


Sometimes we don't need a new word for something--if it isn't a new thing.


There have always been horny teens. There have always been ways of fixing an image. There have aways been ways of transmitting an image--even if you had to chisel it on a rock and attach it to a very hefty carrier pigeon.

If a 16-year-old girl takes a picture of herself and sends it to someone, where is the victim? And in the absence of a victim, where is the crime? I am as against child porn as anyone but can there even be such a thing as remote self-child-abuse?


Anonymous said...

I don't think its the same thing. And the sad part, I feel, is that the moral majority has crammed so much under the umbrella of child abuse that society has become desensitized to real victims.

Benjamin Solah said...

Something makes me think (correct me if I'm wrong) that purifying young women to this extend is kind of sexist, taking on the idea that women shouldn't be sexual at all.

Though also the danger in this is, but hardly unique to 'sexting' is the societal pressure to 'put out' in ways like this.