Far too common is the case where jilted former lovers have sent nude pictures of their exes after a bad break-up to classmates, friends, coworkers, and relatives.At that point, sexting is neither consensual nor innocuous. But when is the right time to bring up a sexually transmitted disease? Most love advice for singles warns us that giving out too much personal information is a bad idea for a first date.But I would never do that to my Dad who would be very upset if I did. When I meet a man and I am without my husband, I’ll place within the first minutes of the conversation that “my husband blablabla… That usually is enough to make my state of mind really clear.I did the same thing as a girl, talking about my boyfriend (actually existing or not) early on in the conversation. And some people are just not faithful, but contrary to popular opinion, it’s not worse in France than anywhere else (and several studies demonstrate it). It’s in our genes and it’s socially accepted in France.
The AARP Monthly magazine recently updated , advising tech-competent seniors to try sexting as a way to spice up the over-50 love life--complete with a “Sexting 101” section. Most sexting is, by itself, consensual, and intended to be innocuous.It is so funny to see how some social behaviors are exactly the same between France and the US, and others are completely different. Well, this was a big shock to me when I arrived in the US. I understood of course a man and a woman could be interested in each other in a romantic way, let me reassure you.One of the very obvious difference is the dating game. But I was not aware that accepting to go out to dinner with a man alone gave the signal that I was possibly romantically interested in him.Sexting among adults is unquestionably protected expression under the First Amendment. Obviously it should be mentioned before things get physical, but where is the line?One may have any number of personal objections to sexting, but as long as sexted images are taken voluntarily and shared consensually, it is none of the government’s business.