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Sexting Ban

First, I want to say that I was completely unaware of the concept of ‘sexting’ until I started hearing about it on the news so I don’t know what these statistics of ‘1 in 5 teenagers have sexted’ are all about.

Second, I don’t agree with taking naked/half-naked pictures of yourself and sending it to people; I have no idea what would possess people to do that.

Now that being said, I strongly disagree with this law that the government is creating (or has already created, I’m not sure) that is basically criminalizing sexting (correct me if I’m wrong but I’m pretty sure I heard there’s jailtime as well as a fine because sexting is being considered child pornography).

So, if I disagree with the act, why do I disagree with banning it?  Well think about the history of laws and bans that actually make sense.  Why ban smoking in public places? Because it negatively affects other people without their consent.  Why ban public drunkenness?  Because it negatively affects other people without their consent.  Why ban sexual assault or child pornography (and by that I mean, other people taking pictures of naked children without their consent)?  Same thing.  You see, those things all have to do with a person being affected who does not want to be affected.  That makes sense.

Now, take this sexting business.  A teenager makes the choice to take a picture of themself naked to send to a beau.  They certainly know the web well enough to know that they are taking the risk that lots of other people will be able to see it.  If they don’t take that into consideration, they are going to be negatively affected when others do see the picture.  The thing is, they are the only ones who will be negatively affected (and don’t give me that ‘their family, their friends etc.’ because shame and embarassment on their parts don’t count).  So, they make a choice and they get to deal with the consequences.

So what happens if/when this is criminalized?  Well, there’s suddenly a new precedent in courts and parliament.  Suddenly, it’s okay to take away a personal choice if it is perceived to be ‘not good’ for people.  That’s a really slippery slope guys.  I mean, where do we draw the line?  What will separate the choices we’re allowed to make from the choices we’re not?  With this sexting case as precedent, I’m sure that there are many other things that the government will be able to justify criminalizing.  Personally, this freaks me out.

-Daine

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Comments on: "Sexting Ban" (4)

  1. I heard they had tried to charge both the recievers and senders of the “sexts” with trafficing child pornography?
    Honestly, if its a picture of yourself, then why should you get charged for giving it to someone? The only people that is going to negativly effect are the “victims” (so to speak) of it.

  2. Blue Ekkies said:

    I think what you are missing is that the possession of child pornography is already against the law in most places, and banning “sexting” is just an amendment to laws we already have. This is just the law catching up to technology. It is already illegal to e-mail child pornography, even if it’s a photo of yourself.

    Do not forget that these laws are in place to protect children. Pedophiles get busted all the time for soliciting children to send pornographic pictures of themselves. Pedophiles take advantage of children and sometimes it takes years for those children to realize what happened to them.

    I know that these laws are inconvenient for teenagers who want to send slutty photos to their friends, but I would rather see a bunch of 17 year olds inconvenienced in an attempt to stop the trade of child porn, which is higher now than it has ever been and getting worse by the month.

    It seems to me that this is just a case of children (anyone under 17) not wanting to still be considered a child, and to be honest they really just need to get over it. I’m sure that there are many 17 year olds who are quite capable of making decisions for themselves regarding the sending of lewd photos, but in order to protect kids who AREN’T, you have to draw the line somewhere.

    Unless you think that there should be absolutely NO child protection laws, and I think you will find plenty of pedos who will agree with you there.

    • Well, I think you are needlessly combining two different actions in this goal to stop child pornography. There is the action of somebody sending a photo of themselves, which only affects them, and there’s the action of somebody taking a picture of a person without their consent, and then spreading it around, without their consent. Those are two very different things. I certainly agree that the latter should definitely be stopped but the former is a personal choice. Doesn’t it basically say in the constitution that a person’s personal freedom involves the right to make a decision that does not negatively affect anybody else?

      All I’m really saying is I think we’re on a slippery slope now. Now that there’s a precedent of somebody’s personal choice being taken away “for their own good”, every other personal choice that we have the right to is now up for grabs. I’m sure that all kinds of special interest groups will be only too happy to take advantage of that and manipulate people in the government to think that another personal choice needs to be banned for “our own good”.

      The thing is, this is so much bigger than just child pornography.

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