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Sexting PanicRethinking Criminalization, Privacy, and Consent$
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Amy Adele Hasinoff

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038983

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038983.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Sexting Panic

Amy Adele Hasinoff

University of Illinois Press

This book explores the debate over sexting—the creation and sharing of personal sexual images or text messages via mobile phones or internet applications, including Facebook, Snapchat, and email— and the questions it raises about adolescent girls' sexuality in the larger context of privacy in digital media, including the standards for consent, information ethics, and the nature of participation and agency in an information economy. The book critiques typical responses to sexting and argues that protecting teens, and girls in particular, from malicious peers and overzealous prosecutors may require recognizing the girls' sexual agency and choices when they sext consensually. This introduction considers why sexting is illegal and discusses the fear and promise of technology, particularly the internet. It also explains how the vague and broad nature of child pornography laws amplifies the panic about sexting. Finally, it provides an overview of the chapters that follow.

Keywords:   sexting, adolescent girls, sexuality, privacy, digital media, consent, information ethics, sexual agency, internet, child pornography

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