Experts may be telling teenagers not to “sext,” but Teen Vogue’s dating columnist is encouraging the practice and even offering advice on how to do it.
Nona Willis Aronowitz writes a regular column for Teen Vogue about sex, dating and relationships. When a reader asked Aronowitz for advice on texting – the reader was worried the pictures may “get into the wrong hands” – Aronowitz responded with a step-by-step guide on how to ease into it.
Aronowitz urged readers to begin by showing the nude pictures to the partner in person. That way, she wrote, “you’re still in control.” The second step, she wrote, would be to sext “with words rather than photos.” By using words, “the risk of public humiliation is much lower.”
The final step, she wrote, would be to send the nude picture digitally. It’s often called “sexting,” although texting isn’t always involved.
“So why am I not taking a hard line and insisting you never send nudes? Because there’s something supremely messed up about a naked pic having the potential to shame, humiliate, and destroy someone’s life, especially because nearly everyone does it,” Aronowitz wrote. “… Every time we exchange a nude with care and respect, if that’s what we want to do, the stigma diminishes just a little more, so that one glorious day it’ll no longer work to blackmail someone with sexual images. Happy sexting!”
Aronowitz acknowledged the “public embarrassment you worry about could become a reality” but said readers “should neutralize the power of those who hurt people simply because they participated in a completely usual sexual activity.”
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Source: Christian Headlines