Bad news for guys in Texas, it is now illegal to send dick pics.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — As states push to criminalize the sharing of intimate photos to get revenge on former sex partners, Texas is teaming with Bumble to crack down on people who send unsolicited nude images on dating apps and elsewhere in cyberspace.
The new Texas law banning so-called cyber flashing comes after state Rep. Morgan Meyer collaborated with the Austin-based social and dating application company to shepherd a bill earlier this year.
“They had a number of people who were using the app complaining about the sending of these images and they quickly realized there was no recourse,” Meyer said, recalling how Bumble CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd approached him about crafting a measure. “There was nothing that could be done. It wasn’t a criminal offense — although it was definitely digital sexual harassment.”
The law set to take effect Saturday forbids what is often characterized as technology-enabled sexual harassment. It makes electronic transmission of sexually explicit material a Class C misdemeanor with a fine of up to $500 if the person who received it hasn’t given consent.
Meyer said the law targeting unwanted images will apply to text messages, email, dating apps and social media.
A 2017 survey by Pew Research Center found women encounter sexual harassment online at much higher rates than men. The study found 21% of women ages 18 to 29 report being sexually harassed online compared to 9% of men in the same age group. Roughly 53% of those women said someone has sent them explicit images they didn’t ask for.
Caroline Ellis Roche, Bumble’s chief of staff, said the company plans to take the legislation to the federal level and other states in hopes of enacting it more broadly.
I’ll be the first to admit, I don’t get how any guy actually thinks that will work. Sorry, correction, any normal guy would think that works.
The news isn’t all bad for the guys though. It still is legal for a woman to send unsolicited vagina pictures. Not sure if that actually happens.
If you happen to get caught and the fine is more more money than you have, you may be in luck.
Just do some online panhandling. Try to remember “bump” isn’t an offer for sex.