Jessica Logan did a little sexting with her boyfriend. Then they broke up. The boyfriend/creep forwarded her pics to other girls at school. She was so traumatized by some real life Mean Girls who called her "whore" and "slut" that she killed herself. As tragic as Jessica Logan's story is, I can't help but to wonder what about our culture tells us life is over when something like this happens? If I flash my secret parts to a web-cam and someone captures it, can I forget about going into politics? Are all 'respectable' career choices closed off to me? Once we are nude on the net, is life really not worth living?
Clearly, Jessica thought her life was done, kaput, all because of nude photos some immature souls chose to taunt her relentlessly about -- and may their consciences twist in agony 'til they make it right. But I believe the onus is on society to make it 100% clear: that sex is okay, being sexy is okay, being flirty over the net is nothing to ashamed about, exploring ones sexuality with various forms of expression is not only okay, but healthy.
America has its priorities twisted on a bi-polar collision course - it's obsession with sex on one hand and purity and chasity (anything less and you're a whore) on the other - both speeding toward the ultimate fiery collision. How many more Jessicas will be sacrificed on the altar of American sanctimony? I'm sure Jessica's mother wishes she'd instilled the sense that sex, nudity, eroticism ... it's all okay, and that no adversary is insurmountable - certainly not some jealous, pimply-faced bucked-tooth bitches in high-school. ~~