A new public service announcement has just hit the web, urging young girls to steer away from sending sexy pictures to their significant others.
"There's no such thing as 'just one photo.'" a message on the video reads. "Protect yourself from sexual exploitation. Be safe."
The PSA is targeted toward young girls but the message can be applied to women of all ages. Although it seems like everyone is doing it, before we arch our backs and snap away in our bathroom mirrors, maybe we should really weigh the pros and cons of this decision.
For starters, with the Internet and use of social media nothing is private these days. When it comes to texting nude or partially nude photographs, you run the risk of having your most intimate parts emailed, posted or retexted anywhere. Look at the countless celebrity victims — Chris Brown, Kanye West, Adrienne Bailon, Trina, Cassie, Amber Rose, Ron Artest, Rihanna...the list just goes on and on.
When you text a playful or naughty photo, essentially you are saying, "I trust you with this content." While you are exposed and in your most vulnerable state, you run the risk of possible shame or embarrassment. Just think if you ever wanted to run for public office; a racy photo can come back to haunt you and too bad there's no real-life Olivia Pope to help you out.
To the contrary, according to reports, some experts say sexting can be a powerful medium for building intimacy in a relationship.