caused by being so thoroughly ignored by so many women.” A male participant from a study on young adults’ sexting was more unequivocal still, comparing those who send unwanted images with a “flasher in a raincoat”. In the UK, a conviction under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 can lead to a two year prison sentence.
A hypothesis I’m exploring concerns men’s responses to rejection on dating sites.
It’s essentially cyber-flashing, the real world’s online equivalent, and should be treated as seriously.
There is no excuse for sexual harassment, online or offline.
When it comes to the internet, it seems common sense to think that the physical distance and anonymity the online world provides allows, even encourages, people to do things they wouldn’t normally do “in real life”.
If you don’t believe your actions hold any consequences for you, then there is no fear of the social ramifications which might normally keep certain behaviours in check.
Send the children into the other room and check out our favorite high-tech toys from the show.