Revenge Porn and Nudey Pics

‘Revenge porn’ is when somebody publicly shares sexually explicit pictures of another person without their consent. This often comes as the result of a breakup where one party is looking for revenge against the other. Currently there is no legislation specifically against this but campaigners are calling for a change in the law.

For me, I think that nudey pics are one of the least romantic things going. One of my friends was asked over Facebook messenger (yes, really) for naked pictures and I can’t think of anything less sexy. My grandma uses Facebook messenger to keep in contact with her grandchildren and frankly I think that’s all it should be used for.

With every secondary school student in the country owning a smart phone and Facebook account, it’s incredibly easy to send compromising shots to almost anyone. Once these pictures have left the sender’s possession they are up for grabs and anyone can see them should the receiver chose to share. The point is that once the pictures have been shared, there is no going back and control has been handed over. Even Snapchat pictures that only show for 10 seconds can be screen-shot and spread just the same.

It’s a difficult topic especially since 5 years ago the only way to share a picture was over MSN by file share which would take such a horrendously long time that it would never be worth the effort. Of course, you could always have sent a picture by text but it would cost about a quid and no-one wanted to waste that much credit.

Back even further, you’d have to take a picture on a film camera and get the film developed at the supermarket- the unfortunate downside here being that all the staff in Tesco will have seen (and no doubt laughed at) your raunchy shots.

For many people in solid relationships there will be sexy pictures within their possession and that’s something that we shouldn’t try and stop. For adults, it is entirely their decision what they send to people they trust and hopefully charities will be able to get a new law passed so that revenge porn does become illegal, should the worst occur.

I think that teenagers are the most at risk of revenge porn. Girls in particular are at an age where they are desperately trying to please everyone, especially someone that they fancy. Should a prospective boyfriend ask for a nudey pic, there will be girls who oblige without considering the consequences. Sadly not only can this cause problems at the time but nowadays many employers do background checks online and could come across these pictures in years to come. Indeed, this does not exclusively affect girls and boys are at equal risk of having compromising shots shared.

One of the problems is that everything is so instant that there is no time to think through someone’s request before agreeing to it. The issue of nudey pictures is so big and so complex that I think it should be properly taught in schools. If people were aware of the repercussions then perhaps they wouldn’t send pictures or even ask for them in the first place. 

A person’s privacy is their most valuable possession and perhaps better understanding would enable people to think a little harder before giving that away or taking it from someone else.

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