The United Kingdom is working on new legislation. It will officially prohibit the digital transmission of dickpics or other unsolicited, explicit photos. Offenders even risk up to two years in prison.
Let’s be clear: women don’t like pictures of penises. And yet some men continue to send them stiffly. Professor of sociology Jessica Ringrose (University College London) conducted research into this last year and concluded that three in four girls between the ages of 12 and 18 have already received one or more dick pics unsolicited.
To combat this, the British government has worked on an Online Safety Bill: a law that must guarantee internet safety. It now states that ‘cyber flashing’ is prohibited. That’s an English term for digital pencil peddling. Sending unsolicited dick pics is therefore part of this.
Have you ever received an unsolicited dick pic?
- Yes. (24%)
- No never. (76%)
It’s not the only adjustment, by the way. Previously became upskirting, filming under someone’s skirt, and voyeurism when a woman is breastfeeding have also been criminalized in the UK. “Protecting women and girls is my top priority,” British Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab said in a statement. ,,Now cyber flashing is a criminal offense, we send a clear signal: this behavior is not okay and could even lead to a prison sentence.” Anyone who sends a dick pic risks a prison sentence of up to two years.
Why do men send such pictures?
The US-Canadian ‘I’ll show you mine, show you yours’ 2020 study is one of the largest scientific studies on the phenomenon of dick pics. More than 1,300 men had to explain why they send such photos. The answers varied, according to the scientific journal The Journal of Sex Research†
This is punishable and I can go to the police with this
Above all, many men cherish a strategic motive: they hope that the woman returns a similar photo. Other men see it as a normal way of flirting or some kind of foreplay, and then there is a minority who use such pictures to shock or even provoke fear.
Another survey from the British research agency YouGov polled reactions: they asked men and women what they think of dickpics. ‘Rude’ was the most common response, by both groups. But the second most frequently given answer among men was ‘sexy’. Women are more likely to find it ‘stupid’ and ‘pathetic’.
In short, many women still receive unsolicited photos of a penis and they really don’t feel good about it. The Flemish relationship therapist and clinical sexologist Chloé De Bie is also a victim of this, she recently wrote on Instagram. “I get one every two weeks, unsolicited.”
She has a standard message that she returns. “Dear, I would like to inform you that this is transgressive behavior, which is also punishable. I can take this to the police. It is not okay to transfer your gender to others without permission.”
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