Vermont is considering to Legalize “Sexting”

In a previous post, I talked about a new look at child pornography.  That post dealt with teens sending naked pics of themselves and Traci Lords.  Lately, Vermont is considering making “sexting” legal.  From the Huffingtonpost:

Sexting refers to the exchange of explicit photos and videos via mobile phone. Under current laws, participants can be charged with child pornography, but lawmakers are considering a bill to legalize the consensual exchange of graphic images between two people 13 to 18 years old. Passing along such images to others would remain a crime.

With this, teens won’t be considered sex offenders if they send naked pictures of themselves.  I think this may be more practical rather than letting the law go against them by making them sex offenders.  Of course, you still want to teach them that sending naked pictures of themselves isn’t the smartest thing to do.  To me, the analogy is expanding sex education: let the teens be aware of what’s going on and if they ignore it, they’re going to have to face the consequences and be responsible for them.

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I am an assistant professor (LTR) at Dalhousie University. My ideas are not associated with my employer; they are expressions of my own thoughts and ideas. Some of them are just musings while others could be serious discussions that could turn into a bigger project. Besides philosophy, I enjoy martial arts (Kuk Sool Won), playing my violin, enjoying coffee around town, and experimenting with new food.
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3 Responses to Vermont is considering to Legalize “Sexting”

  1. julielebo says:

    I honestly think all of this is a joke. I believe it really an invasion of privacy for these teens. They believe their phone, sort of like their home, can give them a certain degree of privacy. When they can’t send something to someone else using the privacy of their phone, not OK.

  2. thekillerj says:

    I have a client that was 18 and sexted with a 16 year old. Dude’s got a felony sex charge, is on the adult registry, and has to do the S.O. program. Pretty crazy.

  3. shaunmiller says:

    Wow. That’s lame and crazy at the same time.

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