Amy Adele Hasinoff’s work on sexting, social media, and sexuality is cracking relevant today.
Hasinoff’s deconstructs an AdCouncil PSA campaign that warns girls against sending a “hot pic” to a boy who requests one. In this campaign, and much of the national dialogue around sexting, the onus is on the girl to not produce an image of her sexuality. She produces the image and sends it to a trusted partner, and she is blamed. The people who forward the image, against her will or knowledge, are not held accountable for sexual harassment.
Hasinoff compares this anti-sexting campaign to one which blames sexual harassment on the way a woman dresses. Here, it’s not the medium that is the problem but it's the continuation of blaming the victim. Hasinoff posits: ‘Instead of “think before you post,” how about “think before you forward?”