Friday, January 08, 2010

Freakin' Idiot, Part Two

Now it's an Iowa State Representative who wants to make criminals out of teens who engage in sexting by making it a misdemeanor to send explicit electronic images.
State Rep. Deborah Berry, D-Waterloo, said Iowa laws are not in sync with the changes in technology and need to updated.

Berry has been pushing measures intended to stop Internet predators and adults from sending suggestive images to children and plans to bring those issues up again this session.

But she thinks a distinction should be made for teenagers who send explicit pictures. "They just do immature things sometimes," Berry said.
Yes, they just do immature things sometimes. Since when is immaturity a crime? Vote these idiots out of office, they are trying to ruin the lives of your children.

Teens who engage in sexting, which is an extension of normal sexual curiosity and development, should not be charged with any crimes. The law need to be changed, yes, but to exempt teens from child pornography laws. Adding a new law which makes this behavior a misdemeanor leaves the door wide open to charge any teen who transmits a nude photo via cell photo or computer a criminal, with a record that could last for years, if not for life.


Elton said...

They are legislating morality. They think sex is linked to nudity. The problem with legislating morality is that you can't.

You can make laws against Adultery, but since the Supreme Court ruled that Adultery is legal in the early 20th Century or late 19th Century, then these laws are illegal by virtue of that ruling.

Adultery is one of the few moral crimes you can legislate or should legislate against. Some adulterers are willfully destructive. Some of them make a premeditated choice to destroy a family (I know I did or I was on the verge of doing so). If I acted upon that choice, I would have destroyed a family, but what other consequences would have come because of it? I would deserve to go to jail if I saw my thoughts to completion.

I really think this is a bad law or a bad move. Politicians create bad laws in order to look good to their constituents. By legislating morality, they look squeaky clean. They don't legislate the good, tough laws that allow everyone to keep their freedom.

Mike said...

while i still agree with you on principle, it still seems to me as if these legislators are trying to *exempt* teens from being prosecuted as chile pornographers, instead of trying to get a higher volume of convictions for them. of course, that could just be how they're playing it off. I still wish someone would have the presence of mind to step forward and remind people that simple nude images of minors are not illegal as they are not pornographic. sigh.