Real Talk About Sexting

Hello, friends!

Sexting (and National Send a Nude Day) has become a big thing in our culture. But…is it really healthy? Here are two reasons why I am team #pleasedont when it comes to sexting — and I’ll bet the reasons are not what you think they are! 🙂 To read more of the research I mention in this video, check out the articles and videos below. Love, Tiffany Dawn

The Synopsis, Articles, & Research:

The two surprising reasons why I am team #pleasedont:

1. Sexting normalized porn, and porn contributes to human trafficking.

Did you know a lot of porn is made by women in sex trafficking? Or that people who look at porn are more likely to hire a prostitute? Not only that, but sexting contributes to the same negative gender biases towards women that porn promotes!

Check out some articles on this:

Global Sex Trafficking Fact Sheet

Pornography, Sexual Coercion and Abuse and Sexting in Young People’s Intimate Relationships: A European Study (2016)

Sexting and pornography or music video viewing among adolescents: Is there a link?

The associations between adolescents’ consumption of pornography and music videos and their sexting behavior.

Sexting and Porn Addiction

Want to Stop Sex Trafficking? Look to America’s Porn Addiction

She’s Somebody’s Daughter: Get the Facts about Sex Trafficking

Connecting the Dots Between Sex Trafficking and Pornography

Porn: Human Trafficking at Your Fingertips

2. When women are seen as objects, they are treated as objects.

Jean Kilbourne’s research on this topic is fascinating. She has found that when an image focuses on over-sexualizing women — or on just a woman’s body parts as opposed to her whole body, including her face — it leads to women being objectified. And when women are in a culture that objectifies them, it leads to violence against women — domestic violence and abuse. What is sexting doing? Essentially…objectifying women by focusing on their body parts and over-sexualization.

Check out some articles on this: 

Check out Jean Kilbourne’s work in her book “Deadly Persuasion” and her “Killing Us Softly” videos.

A short post about Kilbourne’s work

A fascinating video on the evolution of the swim suit, and how smaller bikinis lead to more self-centered (instead of others-centered) talk by men

Sexual Objectification of Women: Advances to Theory and Research

http://www.collectiveshout.org/to_end_violence_against_women_challenge_a_culture_of_sexual_objectification

So how do you take a stand against sexting?

Peer Pressure, Girls, & Sexting

Sexting Statistics

Also check out the Students Against Sexting website.

Send This Instead: an app of funny ways to say “no” to sexting

Any other articles you want to share about this? Comment below! 🙂 I’d love to read them!

 

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