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Send nudes, but consider who receives them

Autumn Lee, Life Columnist

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The nude: The image that can sexually liberate, but also lead to lots of trouble—and I admit my camera roll is full of them.

A Feb 2014 study by Pew Research Center found that 27 percent of smartphone users have received sexts, and 12 percent have sent them.

There’s something sexually freeing about posing nude for a photo.

Not only that, I find it helps me with body acceptance, and seeing the beauty of the human form.

The human body is really a piece of artwork — the smoothness of the skin, the curves and indents.

I like to think of Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus.” The red hair and pale skin in likeness to my own ginger locks and fair complexion makes me feel like a goddess too.

But taking nudes also bring negative connotations.

Posing naked for the camera can mark one as a “slut” or “easy.”

When a woman seemingly lacks modesty, questions about her purity arise.

Even when girls post images on social media with innocent intentions, their photos can be deemed sexual and result in unwanted critical feedback.

But getting called derogatory names is not the worst thing a girl has to fear as a result of snapping some nudes.

‘Revenge porn’ is when exes post nudes on social media of people from past relationships.

In these situations, the body is used to bring shame. It breaks a barrier of safety, leaving people who had trust in their partner to associate negative feelings with their own body.

When considering sending or posting nudes, it’s important to think about trust with the recipient.

Once received or sent, it’s important to know how to safely store them on your phone.

A Feb 2017 BuzzFeed article suggests putting a passcode on your phone, encouraging your sexting buddy to do the same, and using fully encrypted apps like WhatsApp, Privates or Bleep.

Social media apps like Snapchat that make it easy to send quick, temporary shots of the body make it tempting, but the risk of screenshots saved for later can be scary.

If nude photographs getting into the wrong hands isn’t a worry, it can provide a body-positive experience.

In a world full of photoshopped models and ugly photo uploads to Facebook, it feels good to be able to control presentation.

It also feels good to send a partner something that will get them going, but this mutual want is necessary for a good experience.Absolutely don’t send nudes when they are not wanted. If consent isn’t given, it’s wrong to force an image onto anyone.

Unwanted pics may end up in Whitney Bell’s art collection, “I didn’t ask for this: A Lifetime of Dick Pics.” Taking nudes is all about what feels comfortable; play around with angles and poses to see what inspires the most confidence.

Taking nudes doesn’t always have to mean full nudity either.

Don’t get me wrong, being fully naked is always good, but staying in a pair of cute underwear can be equally fun. It shows skin without baring it all and perhaps leaves a little up to the imagination.

Using iPhones selfie style works, as does setting up a tripod and putting on a self-timer. If comfortable, a partner or friend can help.

When taking nudes, do what makes feels the best. Share it. Finsta it. Delete it. Love it. The decision is all up to you and what makes you feel like the powerful work of art you are.

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