Sunday, March 1, 2009

Sexting – the sexiest moral panic yet?

It's been a sexy romp this week, and I'm sure I speak for all of us when I say we're probably feeling a little worn out. But if you can hold on just a little bit longer, this marathon session is just one post away from its climatic conclusion. This one's by your very own FrodoSaves of, well, here.

American parents have found a new reason to worry about their children as the latest moral panic sweeps the nation. With the dissemination of mobile phones to youngsters of all ages – well, not all ages, because then they wouldn’t necessarily be young, but that hardly heeded pointing out – and the decreasing cost of multimedia messaging, teens have been titillating each other with naked photos of themselves.

The craze is known as ‘sexting’. While the origins of the word are unclear, experts believe it to be a portmanteau of ‘sex’, a popular activity for adults, and ‘ting’, a common name for Chinese people. The obscure etymology of the word is a key reason why parents and educators were so slow to catch on. “We’re completely out of touch,” commented one.

The naked photos are certainly a concern for all parties involved. District prosecutors have in some areas taken matters into their own hands by charging youngsters with possessing and disseminating child pornography, which is funny because ‘dissemination’ comes from the word ‘semen’ (I’m serious this time), and not funny because now these kids have criminal records. While parents tend to be extremely critical of the prosecutions, it is thought that at least some of the children will be grateful for the opportunity to go to prison, where they will be able to act out more of their perverted fantasies.

Yet while school officials discuss with police better methods for discouraging sexting, there is a danger that Americans aren’t asking the most important questions. For example, ‘which pose is the sexiest?’ ‘How fat is too fat?’ And ‘should they use props?’

While professional pornographers are skilled at including a wide range of believable props, from a well placed pillow to guns and car parts, it’s likely that without proper education, these children will be using objects that stretch the imagination a little too far. “I confiscated one of my student’s phones last week,” remembers high school teacher Jim Matthews, “and imagine my shock when it contained a naked picture of the kid’s girlfriend posing with a textbook. A textbook! It ruined the photo for me. And it definitely wasn’t worth the half hour it took to find it on his phone.”

The sexting craze has not left the Mormon Church unscathed either, and a group of concerned parents have voiced their worries that it’s only going to get worse. “We need to stop this filthy trend now,” warned representative Barbara Shepherd to the assembled community. “We should consider ourselves lucky that this so called ‘sexting’ has so far only been happening between married couples.”

As the sexting phenomenon shows no sign of abating, one thing remains abundantly clear: prudishness and unemployment make for a deadly parenting cocktail.

9 comments:

CodewordConduit said...

The thing that I find most worrisome about children attempting to send "sext messages" is the fact that they just aren't sexy.

When it comes to pornographic imagery - there's something about the sparkle and optimism in the eyes of a child that would kill the entire scenario.

I like my porn stars to be faintly ridiculous, with cold dead eyes and forced dialogue.

Only then can I dehumanize them to the point where they become wank fodder.

Just my 2 cents!

UNRR said...

"District prosecutors have in some areas taken matters into their own hands by charging youngsters with possessing and disseminating child pornography"

On a serious note, this is completely insane and a prime example of the type of utterly clueless prosecutors we have in various parts of the country. Teen girl sends nude picture of herself to her teen boyfriend. Prosecutor charges girl with distributing child porn, and boy with possessing it. Two kids lives are messed up over nothing.

Stan, the Half-Truth Teller said...

Teen girl sends nude picture of herself to her teen boyfriend. Prosecutor charges girl with distributing child porn, and boy with possessing it. Two kids lives are messed up over nothing.

Before we project our own ideas into this, I think we should ask some important questions before we pass judgment on prosecutor or boyfriend:

How fat was she?

Couldn't she have waited until after she came off her period?


Really, folks, we are taking for granted that because we're talking about teens and sex, that the girl was hot, but we're forgetting the fact that if she was hot, there'd be no crime.

Obviously, this girl was fat, ugly, or most likely both, and her 52-year-old boyfriend can't be held accountable for solicited images sent between lunch and recess.

In point of fact, then, only one child's life has been ruined -- the boyfriend's son, who is also in the third grade with the girl in question, and who now has to listen to her complain as she discovers how difficult math is, until she either drops out or gets pregnant and then drops out. The girl's life isn't ruined because she's a girl -- you can't ruin crap.

I mean, let's not lose the forest while amidst the trees. Big picture, people. WWFD?

--
Stan

CodewordConduit said...

LMAO

Stan - you're bang on.

:D

Vitamin R said...

The craze is known as ‘sexting’. While the origins of the word are unclear, experts believe it to be a portmanteau of ‘sex’, a popular activity for adults, and ‘ting’, a common name for Chinese people.

Frododamn those Chinese and their commie "sexting".

As the sexting phenomenon shows no sign of abating, one thing remains abundantly clear: prudishness and unemployment make for a deadly parenting cocktail.

But a just-right spinster-aunt cocktail.

Stan: At least the boyfriend's son might be getting a new stepmom out of the whole mess. One he can totally scam on and punk. And that's the real moral of the story.

FrodoSaves said...

All very good points. One thing I think we can all agree on is that porn will find a use for every new technology. I'm just glad we've moved beyond black & white LCDs.

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UNRR - I completely agree with you. This is a classic example of abusing legislation by using it for a purpose for which it was never intended.

Stan - agreed. It's often the fat ones that like to nude up, to the great terror of the rest of us. Unfortunately the slimmer, hot ones are self-confident enough not to need the validation. Thus the problem, how do we wear down the healthy self-images of the hot girls so that they too succumb to the sexting craze? Perhaps by calling it a "craze" rather than a "problem" the fashionable young'ns will worry they're missing out.

sunshinebabycakes said...

EW what if THESE TWO sexted...how much more fucked up would their baby be??

FrodoSaves said...

I feel like the baby might have been averted completely had they merely confined themselves to the realms of sexting. As an outlet for for budding pre-teen libidos, I'm confident that it has great potential.

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