An International Undressing of the State of Nudity-A Condemnation of the Dick Pic

It is a distressing time in society when more mobile phones have seen an individual naked than actual people. Have we as human beings become so comfortable with our image and sexuality that we would be open to having ourselves at our most vulnerable on display for someone else to see, possibly random strangers. An image which can be kept, duplicated and shared. Rather than the opposite being that we are so insecure over how we put ourselves across that we are scared to reveal ourselves in person, instead using the Internet to put ourselves across with the hope that this is not leaked to the wider public. Recently there has been backlash against the phrase and notion that “If you don’t want a nude to be leaked then don’t take one”. However I cannot argue against this phrase as if you remove the stigma which could cause the pain from existence and prevent it from existing in the first place then there will be no problem. Furthermore if somebody requires you to send “Nudes” to keep you together or to keep them interested, you should reconsider whether you should be with them as it appears that there is very little that makes up their mind, something which anybody else could easily give to them, making it easy to draw them away.

In the same light Mary Cooper from American Sitcom, The Big Bang Theory, queries a young female who wears revealing clothing saying, “Are you letting the guys have a ride on the rollercoaster without making them buy a ticket?”, are we being too open with ourselves in this respect, reducing the almost luxury nature of intimacy. As young teenagers we all had that feeling of half nerves, half elation when for the first few times we got to see someone that we liked partially or fully nude, to the degree where we almost had no idea how to act. But this anticipation as somebody undresses or sense of secretive revelation has been lost as we, more disturbingly especially young teenagers (13-14) are more open and readily willing to hand over a picture of ourselves, revealing all, sacrificing all sanctity maintained.

I myself am guilty of falling towards this category of people who has taken pictures that could be classed as sexual however at no point have I been fully naked or shared the pictures with any individual or the online community. The purpose behind these images? To track fitness progress, once per month as advised, take pictures of yourself so that you have a physical record of progress among your fitness journey. This being said I can only think of one other acceptable reason for sending or exchanging explicit images with somebody, reason being that they are sent between long term partners, normally married couples who live or work apart for long periods and want to keep that kind of fire burning in their relationship. In this  case the individuals know each other inside and out (no pun intended) and can trust each other to not share the items with others, keeping the privacy and exclusivity.

An area of focus for this post, “The Dick Pic”, simply put…just don’t. I cannot think of a worse looking part to my body, a tube shaped piece of ever changing length with a vein cutting through (Apologies to anyone eating or never seen a penis before, it looks like that on every male). No girl wants to see a picture of it, no woman is going to be impressed or happy at receiving the drooping tower or flesh. If you are a guy sending it, trying to wow them with how long you think it is, trust me, in a photograph, length is indeterminable making you open to interpretation of small and open to ridicule as we have seen with many instagram models, sharing pictures and posts which men have sent them. The premise of a nude image is to get people aroused, to allow people to admire and enjoy the human form; long legs, chiseled abs, large breasts, bulging biceps, all things that people look out for and can look impressive…a flacid sack of blood does not fit in to this category.

I’m feeling ill righting this penultimate paragraph so I am going to end this here. Plain and simply, claim back your self value and stop sending naked images. One day you will meet somebody who you want to be exclusive to, a practise which is impossible when you could walk down the street knowing that multiple people that you pass have seen you completely whereas your lover hasn’t or worse still when it comes to that moment of the first reveal, they can turn around and say “Oh yeah you look just the same as you did in the picture … sent me”.

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