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Naked Snaps and Other True Feelings

January 25, 2017
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In an effort to appear more appealing to investors, Snapchat has announced that they will no longer allow racy content, which includes crude comments and nudes. You may have heard in the news recently that Snapchat was sued by a mom who felt that her son was exposed to nude content with no warnings from the app. 

This is a whole new set of precautions that I never had to worry about as a kid or teen... or even in my 20's! We didn't have instant photo sharing yet. I mean, when I was in college, if you wanted to send an image from even the most cutting edge flip phones, it would take up an enormous amount of data and hours to send. By the time you sent your picture, you could have printed the damn thing and mailed it to your friend via snail mail! 

While you may think this whole naked snaps thing is isolated to teens and early 20's, I'm here to tell you that you're wrong! Recently I was shocked to learn that some of my friends are heavy into naked snapping!? I was out last weekend for a much anticipated Mom's Night Out with some long lost friends from HS and college. After a few drinks, one of my friends began to uncover some of the details of her divorce. These details included but weren't limited to- images of her X's... well images that I will never be able to erase from my mind now. She also showed me pics of another guy's... well, you know what. All sent to her via Snapchat.

Now before you get all Judgy McJudgerson- these guys did willingly send her the pics. It's fair to assume that they understood there was a chance she'd screenshot the pic and save it.

However, my thoughts on the issue are... how is this a common occurrence now? I mean I know we're supposed to be comfortable with our bodies, and confident. But, how are this many people SO confident (and trust me... these guys shouldn't be lol) with their bodies that they think other people want to see it so completely?

Have I become such a Prudish Mom, that I think my body looks better covered up? I mean, I certainly looked a heck of a lot better 10 years ago, but would I have considered snapping naked pics and sending them out even then? I'm 32 and when I see women OR men naked or even nearly naked, its embarrasses me... for them. It's not like I walk around in turtleneck cable knit sweaters in the summer. I rock leggings alllll the time, but I don't feel that I need to use my sexuality as a way to prove I'm beautiful, or sexy or youthful… or that I’m a risk taker.

I’m not saying nude snaps are WRONG. To each their own! I’m just trying to understand why I’m so shocked in a world where nudity and sexuality are to prevalent.