Powerless to Say No? Study Looks at Teenage Girls and Sexting
A recent study of teenage girls’ responses to young men who asked them for nude digital images highlights the powerlessness some young women today feel when it comes to rebuffing unwanted sexual advances. “Bombarded,” “coerced,” and “confused” are the terms Sara E. Thomas used to describe the most common experiences reported by teenage girls faced with repeated sexting requests from young men in her study, “What Should I Do?: Young Women’s Reported Dilemmas With Nude Photographs.” Thomas, a doctoral student at Northwestern University, said,