Childhood Sexuality – more scary than killer flu

So the BBC belatedly get on the “sexting” panic bandwagon with this story.

Really glad to see someone in the mainstream media give the issue a balanced view ….although as is the case with any story involving sex, ‘balanced view’ still means giving unquestioning airtime to the bigots and/or paranoid >_>

Although it’s depressing to hear that even the ‘sensible’ views that the media are listening to are simply advocating dropping it to a lesser criminal charge, rather than just decriminalising it completely.

‘It’, in case you hadn’t heard is under 18s voluntarily sharing low-resolution erotic and/or naked photos of themselves via the internet or media texting with other people! *OHNOES!*

FOR FUCKS SAKE WORLD *grumbles* *fetches blackboard and chalk*

  1. If under-18s are sharing pics of their bodies, wouldn’t that suggest they must have even the icklest bit of comfortability with their bodies? Maybe even some body pride, body phoria? ….Now could that be a good thing or bad thing?
    1. CLUE: That’s a fucking good thing!
  2. Didn’t you ever think u-18s might actually like *use* those cameras that got stuck in every mobile phone on the planet? What, you didn’t? Then fool you.
  3. Didn’t you ever think when drafting your precious “child porn” laws that a u-18 might take a pic of themselves? Aww, really, you completely forgot because you were blinded by your child-adult binary…. Then more fool you!
    1. To be blunt – if such a blantant hole in a law comes to act in the world, then shouldn’t we be punishing and shaming those who drafted and passed the reality-illiterate piece of law, rather than those people unfortunate to trapped by it?
  4. If you are still worried about people who are then entrusted with the photos going and circulating them further without the originator’s permission – then criminalise THAT, the non-consensual distribution of obviously-identifiable photos of a person by other people, not the creation of the photos by the subject!
  5. A teenager has KILLED HERSELF because of ‘Slut Shaming’ and other antisexualist hate acts by other “CHILDREN” at her school! And those other u-18s did this because she, a female, dared to consider by her own agency her body as sexual, and thus and sent pics to 1 other person, who then spammed it everywhere (or was lax with their data security). FFS! Who are the real criminals here? The girl who rejected patriarchical and antisexualist demands of her body? or the bunch of kids who hounded her to death for her assertion of self and independance?
    1. It’s not sexting that’s dangerous – It’s your anti-sex prejudices that are LETHAL

And at the root of this all one fact stares out more glaringly than any others – that all of this came about due to people not thinking. (and by that I mean the antisexualist politicians and moralisers, not the poor damned kids!)

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6 Responses to “Childhood Sexuality – more scary than killer flu”


  1. 1 Benji 15 May 2009 at 1:47 pm

    This. Completely this.

    Its a ridiculous situation where I can legally have sex with my boyfriend, but I can’t legally show him a picture of myself which I have taken consensually, without him becoming a “sex offender”.

  2. 3 Jessikat 15 May 2009 at 2:05 pm

    ‘Tis worse, koz they’ll try to mark you, a u18 who merely photographed emself, as a “sex offender” too.

    • 4 Jessikat 15 May 2009 at 2:21 pm

      (Testing threaded comments)

    • 5 Benji 15 May 2009 at 2:25 pm

      Jesus I didn’t realise that was relevant to us in the UK. I thought that was a US law.
      :-/

      • 6 Jessikat 15 May 2009 at 2:46 pm

        IIRC UK “child porn” laws have the same flaw as the US ones of not recognising the creator of a photo (or any image) might be the u18 subject(s) themselves, but I couldn’t give a 100% guarantee on that.

        And given the Gov has never been able to accept that someone might consensually choose to be the subject of SM porn pics…


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