I’m betting The OC Register is quite proud of themselves for blowing the lid off this whole teenage-photos-of-water-polo-as-internet-smut thing. It’s been picked up by almost every media outlet on the planet. However, it’s not really a new phenomenon. It’s been going on for years.
Let me start by saying that if my child’s sporting photos, or any other photos for that matter, were the subject of people’s lewd ogling I would not be pleased. In fact I would be down right furious. That being said, I have just one question: How do ‘they’ plan to stop something that’s not illegal?
In case you missed it, here’s the scoop: There are PG-rated pictures of teenage water polo athletes from Orange County circulating on the internets. The problem is that some people like to look at those pictures during One Handed Happy Time in conjunction with more illicit photographic content (most of it sexually explicit). Icky? Most likely. Illegal? Probably not. After all, one person’s Sears Catalog is another person’s erotica.
The article in The Register features quite a few blustering quotes from people who want to ban everything in the world for the sake of protecting children. The problem with this kind of situation is that, short of gouging out the eyeballs of every person on earth, I am not sure how they plan to address it. Let’s not forget that advertisers link sports and sex-appeal all the time, just look at Sports Illustrated or David Beckham. What I see as a sports photo others may see as something else. Are we really shocked that it’s come to this? It’s a slippery slope – one of our own design.
What do you think? How do we solve this problem? Can we have free speech and still ‘protect’ children here in Orange County? Either way, you may want to consider what all the visitors to your online family-vacation photo album are really there to see.