Ah, procreation. Usually applied as a recreational activity, our culture finds limitless pleasure with the…er…”potential” of our bodies. Our obsession with this facet of life has led to the invention of many products and methods to provide fulfillment. Yes, I’m being intentionally vague. Anyway, this desire for intimacy in a more or less physical way has spread across all major means of communication. If you need to see this in action, go to a high school – the conversations are usually flavored towards the discussion of the intricacies of the act.
Anyway, we’ve sought any means to make this connection with others. Firstly, the actual act of procreation involves the most intimate elements of our desire: Physical pleasure, emotional connection, and all the actions involved in the overall seduction and conclusion. Then, there may or may not be a relationship involved, and on from there. I know it’s not really cut and dry as that, but, hey.
Well, what if you’re involved in a long distance relationship, or are repressed and not easily able to/willing to engage in the act itself? Thus the innovation of phone sex! You can still hear your partner’s (or a paid-by-the-minute partner’s) voice, complete with the inflection of voice, and subtle suggestion. One just needs to do a little work on their end by filling in the blanks, and a smaller sense of fulfillment is achieved.
And then, we have Text Messaging, which the media has hyped suggestive and raunchy messages as “Sexting”. And with this, I am absolutely befuddled. Instead of providing my opinion here, I think I’ll give an example of what I imagine the average session of this to be.
“Wat r u wering?”
“Wudn’t u lyk to kno <3”
“lol come on baby giv me sum sugar”
“i tendrly kiss ur nek and whispr in ur ear ‘i luv u'”
“thats so hawt”
“u place me on the bed facedown in ur strong manly arms”
[This continues for a bit]
“omg omg omg omg omg omg o….m…..G…..”
“wow u wer g8”
“that wus amazin”
“ya i kno. lets do this sum mor l8er”
That hurt to type. Mostly because I protest with the way that dialogue is so formed, but that’s another matter. So, what have we learned? Well, there’s a whole lot more blanks to be filled in…there’s not a lot of emotion that can be really detected…and I exaggerated a bit near the end. Now, this “scandalous behavior” really is nothing more than words, and text at that. Now, imagine how the situation comes off as if every comment was said in sarcasm. Paints a different mental picture, doesn’t it? But one can’t know that from the mere words alone.
Sexting is an insanely informal attempt at one of the most personal experiences one can have as a human being. It’s maddening to think that it’s even effective, but compounded with how the media perceives it as newsworthy and the poor spelling overall just makes my faith in humanity waver.
The ability to share pictures, though, does aid the parties a little. Yet, the entire idea is still rather obscure and depressing. What ever happened to love letters?
Let Sexting Die
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