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  •  I have to wonder (3+ / 0-)

    about this:

    It's only natural that girls will be tempted to use digital technology to take nude photographs.
    I have a daughter in her late teens and a son in his early teens. The information I get on sexting suggests that most of it originates because a boy pressures his girlfriend -- often going as far as blackmail of some kind -- into sending him some nude photos. I haven't heard many stories of girls this age wanting to initiate such activities.

    Maybe I'm naive about girls and their sexuality; on the other hand, I have no illusions of innocence at that age. On the whole, I have to think you're not looking closely enough at the degree to which sexting represents exploitation of vulnerable girls.

    And in which case, of course, this WV law sucks all the more.

    Let us all have the strength to see the humanity in our enemies, and the courage to let them see the humanity in ourselves.

    by Nowhere Man on Mon May 20, 2013 at 02:40:10 PM PDT

    •  If a 13 year old girl takes a nudie (0+ / 0-)

      of herself and sends it to a boy, just who exactly is "exploiting" her. There is a lot wrong with this picture, but does the explanation have to be that someone is guilty of exploitation? How about blaming the idiot kids who send naked pics of themselves around but then are shocked when those pictures go viral (or the parents who allow such shit to happen)?

      •  You're not responding to my comment, doc2 (1+ / 0-)
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        Or if you are, you didn't understand it. Maybe that's my fault... maybe not.

        Let us all have the strength to see the humanity in our enemies, and the courage to let them see the humanity in ourselves.

        by Nowhere Man on Mon May 20, 2013 at 04:50:34 PM PDT

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        •  I have a 13y old girl as well. (0+ / 0-)

          She knows plenty of girls who do this, without being extorted by their boyfriends. They're thirteen, they don't even have real boyfriends! Your story sounds to me like a shifting of the blame. The kid who goes in her room, takes a nude pic, and forwards it, has got the burden of proof on her to show how she was "coerced" into this. Sounds like BS to me.

          •  I don't often say this, but: Nonsense. (1+ / 0-)
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            If a boy redistributes these photos, then the burden of proof should be on him to show that it was perfectly OK with the girl for him to do so. Even adult models have to sign releases.

            Let us all have the strength to see the humanity in our enemies, and the courage to let them see the humanity in ourselves.

            by Nowhere Man on Mon May 20, 2013 at 08:54:02 PM PDT

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            •  I wasn't even talking about the (0+ / 0-)

              forwarding. I'm responding to the claim that it is these boy's fault that they girl takes the pic to begin with.

              •  Well, now you're misreading the entire diary. (0+ / 0-)

                Just below the very brief intro, at the top of the below-the-fold text, it says:

                While I suspect most teen sexting is relatively harmless, most of us are rightly concerned about incidents in which naked pictures of teenagers get forwarded and distributed without their consent.
                'nuff said.

                Let us all have the strength to see the humanity in our enemies, and the courage to let them see the humanity in ourselves.

                by Nowhere Man on Tue May 21, 2013 at 04:52:48 AM PDT

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                •  Guess what? If I send you something via (0+ / 0-)

                  email, it is your right to forward that email to anyone you wish. Unless you have signed a confidentiality agreement with me, you have every right to do whatever you wish with that email. Heck, you might even forward it accidentally, or someone might look at your email when you are not looking. You have no responsibility to keep the pics confidential just because a girl trusts you with it. And since most teenage romances end at some point, of course the pics are going to be seen by others.

                  •  I don't believe that you're a lawyer, doc2 (0+ / 0-)

                    and I'll tell you that I am not one either -- though I have read up on copyright law, which means I know either more or less than the average person does :-)

                    And from whatever it is that I do know, you're wrong. The author of an email does own rights to that email, unless those rights are explicitly disclaimed in whole or in part. The fact that people frequently overlook those rights doesn't mean that they don't exist.

                    And texts are not email.

                    And you're still completely missing the point of my comments.

                    I'm done here.

                    Let us all have the strength to see the humanity in our enemies, and the courage to let them see the humanity in ourselves.

                    by Nowhere Man on Tue May 21, 2013 at 07:17:09 AM PDT

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