Sexting

Tom Jackson
Mar 23, 2010

There have been quite a few recent stories in the media about “sexting.”

Who even came up with that word? I honestly think the term is stupid. It was probably an adult who was entirely too focused on keeping up with teenage jargon. But they failed. That’s beside the point, though.

I’m sure you know by now that sexting is when people take nude or semi-nude pictures of themselves with their cell phones and send them to other people. This is plain stupid. I know a lot of teens who do it, but honestly, is it worth it? It’s immature and very “promiscuous” (obviously I’m thinking of a word that rhymes with ‘smutty’). Don’t you have any shame? It’s pathetic! Why on God’s green earth would you want the whole world to see everything you have?

Is nothing sacred anymore? Not even your body? I know good and well that I’m not going to let just anyone see all of what I have. Why should I? My body is mine. It’s not the property of whoever you forward your texts to.

All sexting does is let everyone have the chance to find out who’s easy and who’s not. Girls, do you honestly think that he’s not going to show that picture to his friends, bragging about what he thinks he’s going to get to do? The majority of teenage boys have only one thing on their mind. Sorry to disappoint you, but it’s not how pretty your makeup looked in that picture.

I was friends with someone who got involved in a sexting case. Do you know what they can charge you with? A sex offense. Even if you just forward it, even if it’s just on your phone, it’s still illegal. Do you want to know why? It’s because we’re underage. It’s borderline child pornography. Do you really want that on your record?

Sexting isn’t just a guys thing, either. Girls are just as guilty. There’s fault on both genders. Here’s my advice to everyone: If you don’t want the whole world to see you naked, keep your clothes on. Don’t take nude pictures, and sure as heck don’t send them out. If you’re doing it because you want a person to like you, newsflash, that’s not how it works. By sending that picture, you’re giving them ideas of what they think they can get. They won’t really like you based on that picture, so just don’t do it. Sexting is no way to get someone’s attention. If you really like someone, and you want them to appreciate your worth, then make them work for you. You are worth it. You may not think of it like this, but by sexting, you’re lowering your worth. You are more than that. You are worth way more than a sext message.