Between two consenting adults, sexting can be an interesting way to flirt and spice things up when dating. But sending nude photos to a romantic interest without warning is not okay. Not only does it make recipients uncomfortable, but it’s also a form of sexual harassment.
Sending unwanted nude photos or sexually explicit messages has become so normalized that many don’t understand why it is wrong.
Reasons behind sending unsolicited nude images
Meeting new people, connecting with someone and flirting make dating exciting. Because sexting is so commonplace today, one party might wrongfully assume that the person they are dating is fine with it. Misunderstandings like this could prompt someone to send an unwanted nude image, violating the recipient’s boundaries.
However, sending unsolicited nude images is not always a mistake. Some people do it intentionally to show interest or assert dominance or because they do not understand how it might affect the recipient. Others share photos of their private areas to illicit reactions from their target.
Senders might see these photos as something that victims do not need to take seriously and brush off. However, it is no laughing matter. Regardless of the motivation, cyber flashing or sending unsolicited nude images can make recipients feel violated. And in Texas, it is a crime.
Put it away
Given how prevalent online harassment was becoming, Texas finally put its foot down in 2019 and banned the “unlawful electronic transmission of sexually explicit material”. If caught, the sender could receive a misdemeanor charge and a $500 fine. With this new state law, victims may finally hold senders accountable.
Obtaining consent in modern dating cannot be emphasized enough. Not only does it build trust within new relationships, but it also helps each party feel safer.