How to Shame Teenage Girls into Proper Prudeness

Choire Sicha, The Awl, May 27, 2011
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Choire Sicha comments, "Prison Island's new PSAs against teen sexting relies entirely on convincing teen girls that they'll be ashamed for sending someone 'intimate' pictures of themselves. Because of course society's totally innate values of guys being cads and girls being gossips are A-okay and just the way things are." This video makes the very good point about how one-sided are the admonishments about sharing private information on Facebook. Why is the girl who shared the content the only one being shamed and rebuked? Why isn't the message directed toward the boy who sends it to everybody in the class, or the classmates who view it and snicker? The first action may have been careless, but the latter actions are betrayals of trust, which to me are much more serious breaches of ethics.
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