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Teenager researches why sexting is now considered normal

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I found this article published by CBC News to be concerning for several reasons.

Kiona Osowski’s Grade 12 research project started with a question, based on her own experiences as a 17-year-old teenager: why are girls so often asked for nude photos?

“I think a lot of people don’t want to talk about it, but it’s happening,” she said. “We’re constantly asked for pictures or we’re sent things without our consent.”

Since September, Kiona has been looking more closely at why boys feel entitled to ask for nude photos, and why girls feel compelled to send them. “This has become a societal norm and we need to start taking it apart,” Kiona explained.

She’s right in that regard. It’s time society started looking at why boys think it is normal to even ask for nude pictures of another person, and why girls think it is normal to comply with that request.

The most concerning thing about this story is that a teenage girl feels she needs to embark on this kind of research by herself. Where are the adults who are supposed to be protecting these kids?

A related story linked in this news report indicated that school counselors are concerned that children are sharing nude photos before they even hold hands.

Society concerns porn use among teenagers and children to be “normal” curiosity despite research showing that most pornographic movies depict women as being “roughed up” during a sexual encounter — and loving it.

“In the media, men are seen as dominant, they’re seen as sexually aggressive, aggressive in general and lacking in emotions,” Kiona noted.

She may be right. But, why should it be up to a 17-year-old girl to write the curriculum for a school district to protect other students from behaviors and activities that most right-minded adults realize is dangerous with lifelong repercussions?

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Greg Gerber

A native of Wisconsin who moved to Arizona in 2009, Greg Gerber is a DODO -- Dad of Daughters Only -- to three grown daughters. He worked as a journalist for many years before pursuing a career as a faith-based writer, author, coach and speaker. Greg is the author of Pornocide: How Lust is Killing Your Faith, Stealing Your Joy and Destroying Your Life.

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