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Some were also concerned about the turn-taking repertoire of sexting, which means that when one receives a sext it creates the expectation of returning a similar contribution. I also conducted a of focus groups. These constraints paint men as more dominating and women as submissive and unwilling to displease their lovers.

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It can bring two partners together through an intimacy otherwise denied by distance. Young women felt comfortable with sexting because it diminished their risk of being overpowered or pressured into non-consensual sex. Sexting is a turn-taking, co-authoring process. Millennials have become cyborgs. Both partners have the power to sway the story and to back out if they feel uncomfortable.

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So it should be no wonder that, in addition to social and professional online existence, they also express their sexuality via technology. For inexperienced sexters, this could create negative pressure.

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Millennials also need to learn how technology can be used in an empowering way. Return to Learn — Norwich, Norfolk.

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Firstly, sexting is often a safer alternative to physical sex, without the risks of STIs and pregnancy. It is exactly this power which, from a cyberfeminist theoretical point of view, makes sexting so appealing — especially to young women. This may be tougher in poorer countries or regions where economic access and exposure to technology is racialised, genderised and stratified by ethnicity.

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Part of my research focused on why millennials sext. I found that it is most prevalent among couples, people in long-distance relationships and, interestingly, virgin teens.

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Melissa MeyerUniversity of Cape Town. But sexters — and particularly young millennials — need to be taught how to navigate these sometimes murky waters.

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But some people are horrified by the idea of sexting. These sorts of interventions will teach young people to use potential sexting platforms appropriately.

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Importantly, millennials were highly aware of the risks posed by sexting. Edition: Available editions United Kingdom. Social media applications like WhatsApp have created a new avenue for curious young people to explore, express and develop their sexuality.

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And, importantly, my research has revealed that it is primarily a feminist space: when used correctly it offers both partners equal power to start, stop and direct the interaction. I collected the data from students aged between 18 and 30 in an online survey at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.

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It is a space that allows both parties to ask for what they want, explain what they dislike and get the satisfaction they desire by giving the other what they want. This is an especially common complaint among young women, and leaves the receiver feeling violated, but also with the expectation to respond.

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Both parties contribute equally and have equal stakes in the outcome. Sexting has the potential to be liberating and empowering if used correctly.

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Sexting — exchanging texts, photos and videos of a sexual nature — has become so commonplace that many millennials consider it a normal and even healthy part of a relationship. They also understood how it could be potentially harmful, but most said that the benefits outweighed the risks.

All of this can happen in the safety and comfort of their own rooms with the power to stop the interaction at any time. Such programmes and learning can only happen once the taboo of sexting is lifted.

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Schools and the popular media need to start addressing issues around consent and non-consensual sharing. The short answer is no. Participants said that the most common risk associated with sexting, apart from leaked photos, is receiving an unsolicited and unexpected sext, especially one of a graphic, sexual nature. Are they right to panic?

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Over 80 percent of survey respondents report sexting within the past year.


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Sexting in relationships is more common now than ever before.