An woman has sparked a furious debate after comparing sending ‘d**k pics’ to men flashing their genitals in public.
Writing on Reddit, the anonymous poster asked women if they thought unsolicited nude images from men should be criminalised in the same way as real-life indecent exposure.
A flood of responses from women around the world argued that laws for digital crimes were outdated, and that the behaviour should be dealt with in the same manner as flashing.
However, others insisted that public flashing is ‘a legitimately scary situation’, and therefore should have harsher potential consequences attached.
Under UK law, it is not illegal to send intimate images or videos of yourself to another person if you are both consenting adults.
However, indecent exposure of the human body is classed as criminal if it falls under section 66 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.
An anonymous woman has sparked a debate on the difference between men sending unsolicited photographs of their genitals and flashing in public (file image)
The online thread prompted women from around to start sharing their own experiences of indecent exposure.
One said: ‘Intentionally exposing your genitals to someone without their consent is form of sexual harassment and should be classified the same whether on a public street or through text messages/chats/email.’
Another woman agreed that both forms of unwelcome exposure should be seen in the same way.
She wrote: ‘I think it counts as the same thing. Just because it’s on a screen doesn’t mean it isn’t still a person doing it.’
Many women argued sending unsolicited photographs should be punished in the same way as public indecent exposure
Others who had suffered both types of unwanted attention argued that being sent nude photographs online couldn’t be compared to real life – as the cause for concern is more distressing in person.
One wrote: ‘I’m shocked this sentiment is in the very small minority here. It is so obviously worse in person than sent digitally.
‘If someone flashes you in public then you’re face to face with a horny, likely mentally ill, man who is also likely stronger than you. That’s a legitimately scary situation.’
Others claimed having a man flash his genitals in public is more frightening than online as there’s a possibility of physical assault
Some argued that proving a nude photograph was sent without consent could be difficult and that it therefore wouldn’t be as easy to punish as public flashing.
Another woman argued proving the intent behind a nude photograph could be more difficult to prove than flashing.
She wrote: ‘Seems like a bad idea, considering pretty much everyone has texted something to the wrong person accidentally at least a few times. No one accidentally flashes their **** in person.
Also, people can and do get hacked. It’s possible that **** pics could be shared without the person attached to the ****s consent.’
Many people argued proving the intention behind nude photographs could be more difficult than indecent exposure in person