Thursday, September 3, 2009

In the brave new world of 'sexting,' females are 'victims' of the very crime they commit

I spoke too soon yesterday when I labeled a post as follows: Sexting: At long last, a sexual offense not blamed entirely on males. A little research showed that I was wrong. The sexual grievance industry has already entered the fray to prove that even though girls generally initiate "sexting" by sending lewd photos of themselves to their boyfriends, alas, females are actually the victims of this crime.

For example: "Many . . . experts insist the sexting trend hurts teen girls more than boys, fretting that they feel 'pressured; to take and send naked photos. Yet the girls in the Pennsylvania case were charged with 'manufacturing, disseminating or possessing child pornography' while the boys were merely charged with possession. This disparity seems increasingly common. If we are worried about the poor girls pressured into exposing themselves, why are we treating them more harshly than the boys?" So, do you get the implication? Girls are actually the victims of this menace: ". . . girls [are] often bullied into taking, and sharing, explicit pictures of themselves."

Oh, yes, they pay lip service to the fact that girls are technically on the hook here, too. I found this quote in a news story about sexting -- and it's startling that, in 2009, someone would even think he needs to add the last sentence: "[Lyon County Attorney Marc] Goodman wants youngsters aware of the ramifications of their actions, if they are prosecuted and convicted. They would have to register with the state as sexual predators, a distinction they will carry throughout their lives. Girls are included on the list as well as boys." (Emphasis added.)

Gee, you mean girls are actually treated as criminals when they -- you know -- commit crimes? Say it ain't so! Now, whether anybody should be a "criminal" here is another question.

And make no mistake, at least to some degree, girls are being held to some level of responsibility: First case prosecuted in West Mich. is a girl. And that's as it should be -- if the boys are being prosecuted. But double standards that hold boys to far greater responsibility for crime in general seem inevitable in this area, too -- See here : "A teenager in Allen County, Ind., is facing felony obscenity charges for allegedly sending a photo of his genitals to several female classmates. He's expected to receive probation and be ordered to get counseling. In Ohio, a 15-year-old high-school girl who faced charges for sending racy cellphone photos of herself to classmates agreed to a curfew, loss of her cellphone and supervised Internet usage."

Did you get that last one? He's a felon -- and she gets the same punishment Beaver Cleaver would receive for not cleaning up his room. In my review of sexting news stories, I see no evidence for the assertion above that boys are being treated less harshly than the girls. I can't say for certain, but the opposite seems to be true. In any event, the point here is that the rising sentiment seems to be that even though girls are often the initiators, they are not at fault, and they are the ones who are hurt by this crime.

You see, in the brave new world of sexting, the original sender of the racy photo (usually the girl) is to be excused, since she's sending the racy photo to her boyfriend out of affection. The trouble -- the evil, if you will -- creeps into this idyllic setting only when the evil boyfriend decides to share it with his equally evil male friends. See here: "In most cases, it's a girl sending a nude or partial nude picture of herself to someone she is interested in. The situation gets tricky when that receiver forwards the sex-text on and it gets viewed by more than one set of eyes -- especially if the original sender is underage." The males, and their lewd desires, ruin it for everyone.

So here we go. Yet another arena where females are not morally free agents but are subjugated by the patriarchy. Yet another battlefield in the gender wars where the feminists insist not on equality but on moral victory. Sadly, when it comes to sexting, I predict that the inane chivalrous men who think girls need to be protected at all costs by the good and noble menfolk will once again become the feminists' useful idiots. They will join hands with their feminist sisters and loudly sing out that the persons who generally initiate the sexting (the girls) are actually its victims. And, as always, those of us who ask, "what about equality," will be accused of whining.