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Sofía Solano Mendoza

James Denza

Seminar Academic Inquiry



Sexting is the act of sending sexually explicit photos via text messages, and isshockingly common among teens. According to Katie Couric of [Fox News], [Sexting] is “the new craze all over the country among 11 to 17 year-old adolescents.” A recent study by MSNBC found that 20% (1 in5) of teens between the ages of 12 and 17 have sexted in their lives. Teens say “sexting” is one way to gain approval from peers or possible suitors.

Teens in America are facing criminalcharges of child pornography for sending and receiving nude pictures. These photos are often forwarded from friend-to-friend via cell phone and even around entire classes. With the availability oftechnology, young people are not aware that once they start cyber-swapping photos they are on the Internet to stay. If these photos get into the hands of the wrong people such as college admissions or futureemployers they could ruin the chance to fulfill a dream and there is nothing sexy about that. In fact, I see a relation with the movie of American Beauty, because in the entire movie Rick theneighbor of Jane is filming her with some erotic scenes.

The media image of scantily dressed individuals is so common that teenagers don’t feel that it is wrong. It isn’t uncommon for teens tofollow media and act like the people they see on the television everyday. In music videos it isn’t uncommon to see women dressed in minimal clothing. Pornography is easily found in public places such asgas stations and drug stores, and it has become socially acceptable. Today’s children utilize technology with little adult intervention and they may perceive privacy, which doesn’t exist. Adolescentsview it as fun and this practice as innocent. In American Beauty Lester the father of Jane has sexual dreams about Angela the sensual friend of Jane, In the end of the movie Lester and Angela were...
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