They say there is no life after high school. In fact, we have never really gotten rid of our high school culture - we all still want the same thing, only on a much bigger scale: recognition, achievement, and free booze. In the context of our current life these are mostly translated into career, money and Grey Goose. But if really a life in high is a projection of what life as adults would be, then we have a big problem coming ahead of us.
The generation of Hannah Montana, unlike us, is all well-versed with Blackberry, iPod and everything's online. Mobile phone is something of a must-have for them, resulting in a global phenomenon where teenagers have very well-trained thumbs to text their lovers.
But when everybody's already totting Blackberry and cybersex became so yesteryear, sexting become the latest 'it' thing to do. Case in point: three girls who filed a federal lawsuit in Pennsylvania against the district attorney who ordered them to take classes on sexual violence—or face jail time—as punishment for "sexting" pictures of themselves wearing bras.
Sexting: the increasingly popular phenomenon of nude or seminude photos sent over wireless phones.
Tunkhannock Area High School students Marissa Miller, Grace Kelly and an unidentified girl, all 15, were ordered to attend a 10-hour class on pornography and sexual violence by District Attorney George P. Skumanick, the New York Times reports. If fail to do so, the girls would face minor sexual abuse charges that could bring them to jail and registered as sex offenders.
Offended and dissatisfied, the girls and their mothers filed a lawsuit agaisnt the District Attorney for filing such charges, claiming that his threats were retaliation for opposing his offer of the classes.
Now let's step back for a while and think about yourself at 15. First girlfriend? Maybe first sip of alcohol. Maybe first sex. But you weren't charged for committing technology/sex crime and tried to sue a District Attorney, did you? Now consider this fact: A survey of 1,280 teenagers and young adults released in December by the National Campaign to Prevent Teenage and Unplanned Pregnancy and CosmoGirl.com found that 20 percent of teenagers and 33 percent of young adults ages 20 to 26 said they had sent or posted nude or seminude photos of themselves.
If the same adage about high school applies to these teenagers' life later in their life, can you imagine what kind of world would they live in? I thought we're pretty fucked up already.
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