Sexting

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Guests: Michelle Drouin, Nicole Cushman

‘Sexting’ has become a normal part of many relationships including probably yours because research shows that you have likely sent or received a sexually explicit text or picture. Still, there is something of a social stigma around the practice and if it shared, it can lead to scandal. Just ask Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos whose explicit texts and pictures were arguably used as blackmail by the National Enquirer. But is sexting a sign of a healthy relationship or sex life? How is sending sexy texts different from sending naked pictures? And if most of us are doing it, why does the topic remain largely taboo? We’ll talk with developmental psychologist, MICHELLE DROUIN, of Purdue University Fort Wayne who researches the prevalence and effects of sexting. Then, we’ll speak with sex education advocate, NICOLE CUSHMAN, about why she believes sex ed classes could do better when addressing sexting among teens.

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