17 February 2012
Are celebrity nude photo scandals contributing to young women sexting?
Fox News reported
Scarlett Johansson, Blake Lively. Vanessa Hudgens. Miley Cyrus. Lily Allen. What do these young celebs all have in common? They have all been caught up in some form of a leaked nude picture or sexting-related scandal.
And even though you’d think such public, embarrassing, cautionary tales might dissuade the general public from such behavior, according to a new report, that is not the case.
The 2012 Harlequin Romance Report unveiled last week revealed 43 percent of respondents to an Internet survey of 1,500 women between the ages of 18-40 admitted to sexting: the sending of sexually explicit text or email messages. Thirty-six percent of respondents admitted to sexting after only a few dates, and 27 percent revealed that they had sent nude photos of themselves via email or text message.
Given that so many celebrities have been involved in sexting scandals in recent times, have those stars made it seem okay to be sending nude photos and sexually explicit messages?
“Young girls emulate and imitate their idols as a way to connect and feel closer to them, and thus copying bad celebrity behavior becomes another way for young girls to bond with their idols, while also creating their own identity and attracting more attention,” human sexuality expert Patrick Wanis PhD, told FOX411’s Pop Tarts column. “Young girls still seeking their own path can easily be hypnotized by celebrities and bad behavior into thinking that any attention is good attention.”
Samantha Brett, author of "The Seven Secrets of Highly Successful Single Women,” concurred that Hollywood has a lot to do with young women sexting.
“Because celebrities are so involved in sexting and sending out raunchy photos of themselves via text, it makes young women think that this is the only way to get a man's attention. But it is not,” she explained. “Or at least it's not the way to get the right attention from a man. No man is going to take a young girl seriously who is sending them saucy photos of themselves. They might think these women are good for a one-night stand or quick fling, but no man is going to take a woman who sexts them too early on seriously.”
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