We understand the value that others can bring to the complexities of nudity in the Australian media, so we decided to collate a bunch of our favourite extra resources that align with Bare It All’s aim.
Browse the suggestions below to learn even more about sexting, nudity, and the internet.
MamaMia’s No Filter podcast ‘The Surprising Reasons Teens Send Nude Selfies’ features Australian film director, Sophie Hyde, and gives a shrewd and engaging insight into the sexting behaviours of teenagers. The host, Mia Freedman, and Hyde openly discuss this complex issue with a refreshingly new viewpoint. When deliberating upon the dangers of sending a naked image of oneself, rather than falling upon the traditional view of ‘just don’t send nudes’ due to its risky nature, Hyde provokes listeners to consider the societal circumstances that cause the privacy and trust violation in sharing these images without consent. Freedman and Hyde also consider the ramifications of when a photo is shared online without consent of the original person involved, and question if it really is the ‘end of the world’ like our current culture upholds. This podcast is incredibly helpful in delving into the intricacies of sexting both as a teenager and as an adult in our current society.
‘The Hunting’ is a hit 2019 SBS show created by Sophie Hyde which follows the lives of four teenagers and those around them throughout a sexting scandal. The series centres around the private exchange of images between teenagers which then escalates as a website is created with the intention of uploading these private images of the young girls to humiliate and shame them. The four-part series is based off real examples and tackles themes such as misogyny, the objectification of women, privacy violation, toxic masculinity, and sexuality. The underlying messages that are portrayed are an integral part to what makes this show so important and effective, including the concept that technology is not the ‘big-bad wolf’ as it is often considered, but instead can be a means for young people to safely explore their sexuality on their own terms and can even give power and self-assurance to those who control their image and identity. This is an incredibly well produced series with an important message that is vital for both young people growing up in an ‘online world’ and older people who need to help guide and help those younger than them.
In her Ted Talk, Miru Kim discusses her unique method of creating art and simultaneously demonstrates how the naked body can be utilised in an artistic way without the sexualisation that is so often inextricably intertwined with it by societies. Kim explores and photographs urban ruins such as abandoned subways stations, sewers, factories, hospitals and shipyards. Recognising a missing element in her photos, Kim desired to capture a fictional character dwelling in these abandoned places and so used her own naked body to portray a being without any cultural implications or time specific elements. Kim’s photographs capture the beauty, grace, and natural state of the naked human body and creates an engaging conversation around appreciating the body in its innate sense.
This Ted Talk given by Amy Adele Hasinoff is an incredibly insightful piece to the conversation of consent in sexting. Applicable for both teenagers and adults, Hasinoff describes many of the positive aspects of sexting with a consensual partner and how it is simply a new method for humans to interact with one another, something that should be embraced rather than feared. Hasinoff also explains the complexities of sexting as many laws have not kept up with technology. For example, she reveals the convoluted nature of underage sexting that can lead to devastating consequences even if both parties are consenting. Hasinoff’s talk is a stimulating piece that encourages the viewers to reconsider their concepts of sexting, and place consent at the forefront of their minds.
Sophia Benoit’s article, ‘Do Nude Photos Have to Be a Big Deal?’ is a witty piece published in GQ that focuses upon a pressing issue within our modern societies, that of the shame associated with sexting and taking naked images of oneself. The immediate statement following this, ‘No, taking a picture of your junk probably should not disqualify you from running a business’, immediately sets the humorous yet firm tone that is continued throughout the article. By relating the topic to famous actors, business people, and politicians, Benoit creates an engaging and relatable discussion around the stigma that society holds upon nude images. Benoit forces the reader to revaluate their view upon nudity and the self-constructed boundaries that societies have placed upon themselves in regards to the human body.
Bethan McKernan’s article, ‘Instagram is flummoxed by men’s nipples photoshopped on to women’s bodies’ encapsulates many of the baffling and cumbersome issues with nudity regulations created by social media platforms such as Instagram. Posted in Indy100, McKernan records how Micol Hebron, a California-based artist, is attempting to combat the ban on depicting female nipples on social media through covering them with photoshopped male nipples. The article and the movement touches upon many of the contradictory and confusing elements of sexualising the female breast. McKernan has created an interesting and entertaining piece that enforces the reader to reconsider their stance upon media regulations on nudity in light of the apparent juxtapositions.
Jordan Rosenfeld’s article, ‘The people who send nudes before a first date’ published in GQ, thoroughly explores the positive elements of sending naked images. Some of Rosenfeld’s examples include personal confidence, a way to maintain interest if schedules are incompatible, an easy way to establish both parties’ intent to have sex, and so on. Ultimately, this article is not only an interesting piece with compelling stories, it establishes a new conversation around the virtual exchange of nude images. Rosenfeld creates an important and engaging element to de-stigmatising sexting.
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