In disappointing, but definitely not surprising, news, sexting negatively affects girls much more significantly than it does boys. A new study has found that teenage girls are labelled 'sluts' or 'insecure' if they send sexual pics or texts, but, if they refuse to engage in sexting, they are deemed to be 'prudes'. For boys, on the other hand, sexting is just seen as a normal thing to do.
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The first time I was called a slut, I was in sixth grade. I wasn't sexually active at the time, so it didn't bother me. It was very impromptu — he wasn't my boyfriend, or even someone I knew well. We were hanging out, and I was curious. The idea just popped into my head, 'I'm ready. I want to have sex. I really enjoyed it. Afterwards, I called my friend and told her what happened.
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All of this has led to a big question: Why? Why do so many women agree to unwanted sex? One answer is that their conditioning starts young. In a December study of sexting among to year-old girls, Sara E. Thomas of Northwestern University analyzed stories posted to an online, anonymous platform. She reports that most of the girls felt pressured to comply with requests to send naked photos of themselves to boys who demanded them. Some boys collect photos of girls like playing cards, assigning value to each image. Even girls whose images are considered valuable are cheapened. Today, teens still inhabit a culture that says that boys will be boys, and girls will be sluts.