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In the Refinery 29 article, one person agreed that dick pics are a form of “lashing out …
caused by being so thoroughly ignored by so many women.” A male participant from a study on young adults’ sexting was more unequivocal still, comparing those who send unwanted images with a “flasher in a raincoat”. In the UK, a conviction under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 can lead to a two year prison sentence.
Misogynistic harassment is a serious issue for online dating services.
What would possess someone to send a graphic image of themselves without ever being asked for one, or even thinking to check if it might be appreciated?
When it comes to the internet, it seems common sense to think that the physical distance and anonymity the online world provides allows, even encourages, people to do things they wouldn’t normally do “in real life”.
Sherrie Hewson, a TV presenter in the UK, recently revealed that after signing up for an online dating website she received an unexpected and unsolicited full-frontal image of her correspondent’s genitals.
It’s something many women have experienced online and, although Hewson tried to make light of it she was left feeling shocked, and quit the site.