Joanna Schroeder thinks we can all learn from the case of a man sentenced to six months in jail for posting nude photos of his ex.
I assume you all already know this, but posting naked photos of someone else on Facebook is a terrible, possibly even criminal, idea.
Posting embarrassing naked photos of yourself on Facebook is also a terrible idea, though somewhat less terrible, as I’m of the mindset that if you want to make an asshat of yourself, you should go right ahead. Just leave others out of it.
Although there has yet to be a case of someone in the United States being sent to jail for sharing nude photos via social media, a seminal case in Australia should serve as a warning for scorned lovers everywhere. According to the Sydney Morning Herald:
A jilted boyfriend who put nude pictures of his former lover on Facebook has been sentenced to six months’ jail – the first social networking-related conviction in Australian history and one of just a handful in the world.
Ravshan ”Ronnie” Usmanov told police: ”I put the photos up because she hurt me and it was the only thing [I had] to hurt her.”
Apparently she ran over to his home, demanded he take the photos down, and when he didn’t, she called the cops.
SMH.com goes on to explain how another malicious over-sharer has been been successfully prosecuted against:
The court could cite just one other relevant case in which a 20-year-old New Zealand man was sentenced to four months’ jail in Wellington in 2010 for posting nude pictures of his ex-girlfriend on Facebook.
Here in the United States we have a multitude of sites dedicated to posting “Revenge Pics”, including one highlighting a photo of young lady making a straining face while on the toilet, skirt down. Lovely. And so far neither the creators of these sites, nor the people who share revenge pics, have been sent to jail.
So what can we learn from this? While Americans who post revenge pics in the public sphere do not currently face jail time, I sense this outcome isn’t far off. And while in your haze of tears and shots of Bacardi Limon, it may seem perfectly justified to post a photo of your ex-girlfriend on the toilet, or of your ex-boyfriend measuring his willy, it could potentially land you in jail someday.
That’s not to say that taking sexy photos and video with a partner isn’t a really fun idea. I even recommend it sometimes on the sex and dating advice blog I co-write called She Said He Said. Except I strongly recommend people delete the images themselves after the nekky-time is over. It’s just good common sense.
What else can we learn? Well, this lesson is simple: Stop being so stupid. And especially stop being stupid in public or around stupid people. This is a particularly tough concept for young people to grasp, as they cannot conceive of entering a highly competitive job market where the boss has as much access to Facebook and cached images as anyone else.
We need to remember that future employers will be Googling your name. If they find a photo of you with the words “Michigan Girls Party Hardest” scrawled across your bosom in eyeliner, or say, a photo of yourself with your towel open in the men’s locker room mirror, they might reconsider giving you that Head of Human Relations gig (or that Mayor of New York City gig, for that matter).
I fear for the futures of these young people. I fear for all the men (young and old) who didn’t learn from Weiner-gate and are still sending self-portraits with the subject line, “Check this out! But not at work!”
I fear for the ladies taking and texting their own up-the-skirt shots. And I particularly fear for that girl on the revenge site sitting on the can with her skirt down.
Ladies and gentlemen, the camera is on. All the time. Everywhere you go. Even if you don’t see it.
If you get so drunk that you don’t remember dry-humping a garden gnome, then I have some advice for you—and I know this is going to blow your mind—but stop getting so damn drunk. This shit is completely within your control, friends. Your ex can’t post a photo of you doing a strip-tease at Taco Bell if you never actually did a strip tease at Taco Bell. Get what I’m saying?
Your future self, the one in the suit with a briefcase, the one with bills to pay, the one with kids and a mortgage, will thank you for exercising some self-control.
Photo of Attractive woman taking a picture of herself lying on bed courtesy of Shutterstock.