The person I am interested in dating is charming, polite, and elegant. Feeling the need to stand out and earn their sole attention, I must take a chance. Our current conversations have gone well, and I want to take things to the next level. Should I send him a formal picture with just my face, or should I show him a picture of my breast to get his attention and seal the deal?
These dilemmas occur frequently, and women should not be condemned and shamed if they are interested in sending explicit pictures to a male they want to pursue. However, they should be wary that not everybody can handle that material and have the heart and understanding of ethics of care (Ringrose, 2013).
Women should be able to express their sexuality freely, and society should be more accepting and less judgemental of women who do exchange these pictures. There is a double standard because men do not face the scrutiny for delivering explicit content to the women they want to date. In life, there are double standards in favour of men and women on a wide array of issues. Even though I feel women should be able to express their sexuality freely if they choose, they are responsible if the material gets leaked in an abusive fashion. When relationships end, immature people can threaten to release the pictures shared, and that could potentially end up in the hands of classmates, work colleagues, or online, and that could disrupt opportunities and image. (Ringrose, 2013).
Overall explicit content should be distributed with care and only to a person you envision marriage or a long-lasting bond. Teenagers should be free with their love decisions but be mindful that not everybody deserves that trust and information/content.
Ringrose, H. (2013). Teen girls, sexual double standards and “sexting”: Gendered value in digital image exchange. Feminist Theory, 14(3), 305–323. https://doi.org/10.1177/1464700113499853.