No, I Am Not Going To Text You Nude Photos Of Myself

Why not?

Because on his radio show today, Dennis Prager came out against sexting (texting nude photos of yourself).

I haven’t heard much of this show but I suspecting Prager will blame sexting on the breakdown of organized religion.

Dennis: "Teens bare all on phones has riveted my attention because of what it says about our society."

Teens bare all on phones rivets my attention for less lofty reasons.

I was once set up with a girl (just after Tishu B’Av 1999) who was just looking for a guy to tell her she was beautiful. I never did that for her but I did do other things for her. When we first conversed, it was online and she asked me to send her a photo of a part of myself. I did what she asked but I made sure that this particular part was generously covered by clothing.

I knew this would be what Dennis Prager would want me to do and I didn’t feel I could let him down by engaging in sexting outside of marriage.

Back in the dark ages of 1999, we didn’t have such exact terminology for the emailing of nude photos.

I am way ahead of Dennis Prager on this moral issue. I first warned my readership about this latest form of moral hazard about a month ago — two minutes after I first heard the term "sexting."

Dennis: "I find texting saves so much time. It is almost a diary of my life, I do it so much."

The other day a chick texted me frequently but I never got them because she was texting my landline which doesn’t get texts.

Please don’t text my cell phone, folks. I don’t want to be subjected to temptation and it costs me 20c every time you do it.


Teens here are taking nude photos of themselves or others, sending them on their cell phones or posting them online.

Some teens do it as a joke.

For others, it’s the new bold pickup line to get a date.

A year ago, a 19-year-old Goshen cheerleading coach was charged and prosecuted for a misdemeanor, contributing to the unruliness of a child, for taking a topless photo of herself and a 15-year-old girl. A Glen Este Middle School boy was taken to juvenile court during the last school year for taking explicit photos of his girlfriend.

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and last month revealed results of a study that showed 20 percent of teens say they have sent or posted nude or semi-nude pictures or video of themselves.

The results don’t surprise local teens, school officials, police officers and others.

Are Cincy teens ahead on the ‘sexting’ trend?

"If I were to go through the cell phones in this building right now of 1,500 students, I would venture to say that half to two-thirds have indecent photos, either of themselves or somebody else in school," said Jim Brown, school resource officer at Glen Este High School.

Turpin High School Principal Peggy Johnson thinks that the results would be similar – about 50-50 – in her building.

According to the national study, most teens who send sexually suggestive content send to boyfriends or girlfriends, while others say they send such material to those they want to date or hook up with or to someone they only know online.

About Luke Ford

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