Musings on the “Sexting” Trend

I recently spent a day home sick from the office (I’m feeling much better now, thanks) and let boredom get the best of me. It’s surprising sometimes what kind of information you can dig up while lounging in your sweatpants with a bowl of soup and nothing to do but blow your nose and watch cartoons.

I digress. While perusing the dynamic modern day news source called the internet I came upon some intriguing articles regarding a growing trend among the nation’s teenagers appropriately or inappropriately deemed “sexting.” This fad involves snapping nude photos of oneself or significant other with a cell phone camera and then sending said photo to any number of acquaintances from the school cafeteria.

Being a strong advocate of morality and common sense you can understand my serious distress over this issue. What really bothered me most was not what the children had to say about their actions, some of whom are facing serious jail time and lifetime sex offender status, but what some of their parents had to say about their sons and daughters. One parent in particular had this to say about hearing that her daughter (Marissa) was sending inappropriate photos of herself to other students:

“Marissa’s mom, MaryJo Miller, was contacted by Skumanick. ‘He told me that he had a full nude photo of my daughter,” says MaryJo Miller, who calls the picture innocent.'”

Innocent? That’s it? ?A mother of a daughter who is 12 years old finds out her daughter is distributing nude photos of herself and she calls it innocent? I find that just little disturbing to say the least.

Now let me be clear on my stance on this because I can already hear the lefties calling me uptight and a card carrying member of the “I Will Force My Morality Upon Everyone” club. There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that these kind of photos have been floating around probably since the invention of the modern camera, but when did it become alright to make such things so public? This is an issue of common sense and appropriate use of technology and rationality. The fact that all this parent could say was that the photo was “innocent” should be throwing up red flags somewhere in the minds of readers everywhere. When will the over-sexualization of our nation’s teenagers stop and when will the boundaries be drawn?

We can only hope that this “trend” will pass swiftly and give way a more appropriate and less damaging means of exerting that youthful energy and na?vet?.



2 Responses to “Musings on the “Sexting” Trend”
  1. Sydna R. says:

    I can’t imagine anyone’s reacting to such a thing as “innocent,” regardless of their politics. The exploitation of children is a moral issue, and that parent’s comment is a sad commentary on a lax morality that now extends beyond ourselves (which is our own business), to our children, the business of any civilized society. Thank you, Catherine, for bringing this phenomenon, however distasteful, to the attention of responsible adults, many of whom are parents themselves, and are now more informed (and so more capably vigilant) about the dangers their children face in today’s technology-driven world.

  2. Tim Horn says:

    Catherine is correct on this. It is not innocent. Granted, in the bible Adam and Eve were naked and perfect and therefore their “nudidity” were indeed considered innocent, however; our country was founded on the rule of law and not religious tenets. We have evolved and our laws must with them.
    I have to agree with the editor that Catherine is an exceptionally good writer.