Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Law and Online Sexcapades

There has been lots of juicy news about famous personalities involved in so-called online “sexcapades”. One was Congressman Anthony Weiner who allegedly sent a woman indecent pictures of him in his underwear with his erect organ. For whatever reason, he chose to send pictures of himself in indecent attire. Considering that his position and his possible reputation was at stake, he still chose to do it.

I think this has something to do with morals in our society today and the characteristic of the internet as being open to anyone anytime. The thrill of exhibitionism without the risk of being caught is, I believe, one of the driving forces behind this shameful deed. Moreover, one can easily pull the plug anytime. Unlike being involved in a “physical” affair, where the man/woman might harass you if he or she is clingy or still wants to be in a relationship, here you can be sure that no one gets pregnant. There will be no legal obligation to support a child. You can change partners as easily as you change your shirt. And the best thing is that there is no obligation whatsoever.

The next question is then whether we should try to stop this or just allow it to pass under the guise of freedom of speech? Certainly, at least legally, in our jurisdiction, I don’t think there should be anything stopping two consensual adults if they will keep their thing private. Anyway, I wouldn’t be surprised if one of these days we hear news about our very own lawmakers involved in something similar to this. Next question also, however, is whether the sender of the picture or text can sue the person who exposed him? Anyway, the questions will be very hard to answer because aside from merely identifying the law and applying it, we would also have to deal with enforcement issues such as locating the user or accepting excuses such as having a neighbour connect “illegally” or otherwise in your wifi network.

Entry #5

John Joseph S. Parco

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