Woman Receives An Unsolicited Pic, Shuts The Creep Down With A Clever Reply
The rise of uninvited sexual images has unfortunately become a fact of life for many young women on social media. A recent YouGov study showed that almost 5 in 10 women (46%) of millennials have received an unsolicited D pic, and they are more likely to have received one the younger they are.
And while we are aware this is not acceptable and essentially humiliating, if you’ve found yourself in this disturbing situation, the words do run dry. But one woman who goes by the Twitter handle @FruityNessa has just come up with probably the most genius way to fight back against internet creeps.
After receiving such an unsolicited pic from a dude who thought it was a good idea, @FruityNessa replied with a staged automated message that made the freak cry for “help.” She then posted the screenshots on Twitter with the caption “I don’t typically post dms but I was really proud of this one,” which blew up immediately with 751.6K likes and 110.5K retweets and comments.
This woman’s viral response to an unsolicited picture has been hailed as genius on social media
Someone tweaked the staged automated message to make it seem even more realistic
Many women around the world often face the task of protecting themselves from unwanted attention online and this unfair burden is getting worse as new ways of communication evolve. There has been a recent surge in “cyberflashing” cases, which refers to men sending sexually explicit images via the wireless AirDrop system to devices that carry female names.
In order to protect themselves from AirDrop harassment, some women reported that they renamed their phones to male names, like “John’s work iPhone.”
Laura Thompson, who investigates online abuse and harassment, believes that “these things have always been a problem, there has always been sexism, and men who abuse power and abuse women, and this is just another way to do it.”
The author also said that every little detail counts in making the message believable
Unfortunately, there are no universal sexting laws across the US, and state laws are either not very well defined or vary widely.
While the Harmful Digital Communications Act (HDCA) “makes it illegal to post a digital communication with the intention of causing serious emotional distress to someone else,” it counts only if you’re sending multiple sexually explicit images to a person who hasn’t agreed to it, or if the receiver is a minor. When sexting involves minors, it violates both state and federal child pornography laws.