The sad part is, it’s no longer shocking. First it was racy photos, and now a “sex tape” that has appeared showing former Miss California, Carrie Prejean, in an erotic display that she says was for a boyfriend at the time, she was alone, and she is a teenager in the video.1
The tape surfaced and Miss Prejean was in court against Miss USA for taking away her title—she had previously held the title of Miss California until racy pictures and failure to perform her duties as laid out in her contract had that title taken from her. During the trial, the existence of the tape caused both sides to settle.
Sexting and Erotic Videos
Technology has paved the way to make things that were once private public. Ever since there were cameras, people have been taking photos with the expressed purpose of eliciting a sexual response. Some do it for profit, others to attract/keep a boyfriend, and others for the power that it seems to convey.
Cell phones with cameras and the proliferation of photo sharing web sites have made it worse. Just about anyone with a camera and an Internet can grow a massive audience, and they can also attract money—for more and more exposure.
The Personal Video
However, more people are getting ensnared because they fail to take into account that something that’s recorded may one day find the light of day, regardless of whether they even remember doing it.
Photos that are taken by a person in some stage of undress and sent to another may find their way to all the person’s friends. And the more erotic the pose or the film, the more there is a chance that can come back to haunt them.
Photos taken and posted on sites like Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites can be seen by “friends” that you may not have wanted to share with.
Before You Use that Camera…
I would strongly caution anyone to think twice before taking that picture that you think will be “just for the two of us.” Think about what would happen if other parties were to find that photo. How would it effect your family/children.
Then think about whether or not it’s necessary. Odds are that it is not.
- Hat Tip: The Carrie Prejean “Sex Tape” – Ann Althouse