Teenage Girls Are Damned If They Sext, Damned If They Don’t

18 Jun

Sad to be a girl. Thank God. I was a teenager in the times before the texting. I got my first cellphone at 20


If you’re asking an adolescent boy, a teenage girl is “insecure” or “slutty” if she sexts and “stuck up” or “a prude” if she doesn’t.

A study published on Jun. 6 in the Journal of Children and Media, appropriately titled “Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t … If You’re a Girl,” found that although both male and female adolescents send sexts, teenage girls’ behavior is labeled regardless of whether they sext or not. The discovery was made after University of Michigan researchers Julia Lippman and Scott Campbell distributed open-ended questonnaires to 51 adolescents aged 12-18 inquiring about participants’ sexting practices and thoughts on their peers who engage in sexting.

The study defined sexting as “the transmission via electronic means of sexually provocative or explicit images or videos featuring someone known to the sender and/or receiver.”

“The most striking finding with regard to gender was the extent to…

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3 responses to “Teenage Girls Are Damned If They Sext, Damned If They Don’t

  1. mrnegretesefl

    June 20, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    HI Ale!!! I’m very happy I ran into your blog. I’m an EFL teacher from Saltillo, Coahuila and lately I’ve been teaching some teachers how to use blogs as a teaching tool; this as part of a course I’m giving in Using ICT’s in the English Clasroom. Anyway, I want to congratulate you for having a great blog and ask your permission to share it with my students as an example of all the things you can do with it. Again, congratulations and keep up the good work.


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