Sack Yi Ying
ENG 101 S5
Reflective Essay 2 (Definition Genre)
16th November 2011
What thoughts come to mind when you come across the word “sexting”? Ever since its first appearance in the early 21st century, I never predicted that sexting would finally be able to secure its position in the pages of the Oxford English Dictionary as a recognized word. By merely looking at this word itself, those who are literate in English would have simply stated that it is the combination of “sex” and “texting”. However, recent sexting cases reported have shown that the trend of sending flirtatious text messages or sexually explicit images has gone beyond the blend of the two words mentioned above. Attached to those seven letters is an indecent behavior of teenagers who “sext” and should be analyzed under cultural perspectives.
Eager to know, I looked up on Urban Dictionary.com to find out that the most popular cultural definition attached to sexting is the act of text messaging another person in expectations and hopes of having a physical sexual encounter. That explains all the seductive acronyms used in sexts. It is normal for teenagers to be curious about sex, but does it all come from their in-born sexual drive? As if teenagers are not troubled enough by puberty hormones, erotic messages delivered by the highly sexualized media are also encouraging them to question and query about sex. Even so, without multi-functional mobile phones as the facilitator and text messaging services as the primary means of communication, “sex” in sexting is unable to stand alone. In fact, sexting is an appropriate and acceptable behavior for young people who are nurtured under the media and technology culture. Although the fulfillment of sexual gratifications is only momentary, teenagers are surprisingly satisfied through sexting and so the vicious cycle of addiction goes on – we can imagine where it ends.
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Let us take a flash back to the young days of our parents: Young girls with coiffured hair in circular floral dresses standing by the sidewalk, busily engaging themselves into casual conversations. Although these young ladies seem to be oblivious with the happenings around, anyone of that time then could see how they are eagerly anticipating for decent young lads who pass by during evening strolls to glance or even luckier, to smile at them. That form of being noticed might be temporary, but it is more than enough to keep them flattered. In contrast to the youth culture today, sexting is a way of getting attention. Trying to be “sexy” instead of “cute”, young girls are the ones who initiate to capture nude photos and later sending them to gain interest from the opposite sex. What a big leap in human civilization! In the old times, people would give you an offensive stare for exposing even a small part of your flesh, let alone showing your nude photos to any stranger in public. In the mind-set of young people nowadays, a new relationship is a daring gamble, and these sexy images are their winning tokens. However, before placing your bet, it boils down to one question, “How much are you willing to give in?”
Yet little are these young minds aware of the outcomes they are bound to face after pushing the “send” button. Sexting does not always promise a winning relationship. Embarrassment and shame is all that is left once sexting evolves from a personal to social issue. Next would be the enforcement of child pornography laws to criminalize sexting. Although similar, there is a stark difference between sexting and child pornography – the motivation behind these two acts. Sexting is an impulsive behavior. Young people capture nude photos of themselves without considering the negative effects and in most cases; they are both perpetrators and victims of sexting. Sexting is not ill-intentioned; it is a quick and rash decision of naïve young people. Sexting is punishable, but it is neither a felony nor a crime. However, when sexting is brought to the eyes of authorities, teenagers have to face the prosecution of possessing and distributing child pornography. Yes indeed, immediate actions are essential to combat the sexting trend, but does labeling teenagers as sex offenders serve the ultimate purpose to deter them from sexting?
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Sexting has become a widespread problem, and the significant roles of technology and media in the youth culture today are constantly dragging these young minds into a level of immaturity. Sexting as a large-dimensional social issue is an awakening call for parents and authorities to educate these young minds on rationality in making decisions – think twice before hitting the “send” button. There is no turning back. It is not my duty to further discuss sexting in terms of right and wrong, but honestly speaking, I was quite disturbed when I first received anonymous sexts. Perhaps any innocent bystander would react in that typical way. What are your thoughts when it comes to sexting?