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Unsolicited Dick Pics & Sexual Harassment

We suspect offenders who send dick pics have bad posture... call it a hunch. 

We suspect offenders who send dick pics have bad posture... call it a hunch. 

December 22, 2016 - SWEDEN - In a recent article written by Irena Pozar in Veckorevyn, a Swedish magazine comparable to Seventeen, Pozar interviews star feminist lawyer Elizabeth Massi Fritz about the dangers revolving around “dick pics”. Fritz discusses this phenomenon, where men send unsolicited pictures of their genitalia to women via text and online, as a form of sexual harassment and emphasizes the importance of immediately reporting dick pics to the police.

The perpetrator was once a naked man clothed in a long trench coat, preying on women as he opened his trench coat and revealed his genitals; this is coined as "flashing" or exhibitionism. Indecent exposure laws in most states declare the act of displaying one's genitals in public a crime, as offenders seek sexual gratification. The modern day phenomena is to use smartphone cameras and send unsolicited dick pics.

“Pictures and verbal abuse are not new phenomenons; they have been around for many years,” Fritz states during the interview. “However, based on my experience, I can see that the climate surrounding the girls and women violated online has become more threatening and common. The Internet has made it possible for perpetrators to reach out easily while concealing their identities as they send anonymous images. This is unacceptable.”

Many young girls and women agree that receiving unsolicited dick pics is a disturbing form of sexual harassment. Perpetrators can easily circulate pictures of their genitalia through numerous outlets, ranging from dating platforms like Tinder to more unconventional avenues such as Apple’s AirDrop function and sending pictures of their penis to women nearby.

The article cites Fritz’s suggestions on the protocol women should take after receiving an unsolicited dick pic. “Save images by taking screenshots and save any other evidence. It’s crucial to establish that right - you have been a victim of crime,” Fritz emphasizes. “There usually exists a user profile or other digital footprints that can reveal who the perpetrator is. Report to the police and remember that you have to right to request a counsel paid by the state; this will help you throughout the legal process.”

According to the article, unsolicited dick pics are always a form of sexual harassment; however, perpetrators may take it to the next level and commit more heinous sexual acts. “There may be instances where they commit sexual acts via a recording or image, and then it can be a question of other crimes, such as child rape, if the victim is younger than 15 years of age,” Fritz explains. “Therefore, it is very important to save all evidence and explain the events carefully to the investigating police.”

A majority of women can attest that unsolicited dick pics are an infringement on their personal security. Regardless, society often normalizes the circulation of dick pics as a phenomenon that men often engage in because it is so common. But sending dick pics is a form of sexual assault when women are blindsided and do not consent to receiving them.

In the article, Fritz closes her interview with a reminder to victims. “Do not forget that you are not alone in receiving these pictures, and it’s never your fault - it is always the perpetrator's fault and the perpetrator must take responsibility for his actions,” Fritz explains. “If a perpetrator is convicted because he sent dick pics, he is subject to a prison sentence as well as other charges.”

To spread word of the harmful effects accompanying dick pics, Fritz has launched a movement/campaign on social media to educate dick pic victims and perpetrators. The hashtag #stoppasnopparna, which translates to #stopthedicks, is the voice of the online movement.

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Written by Caroline Lee, Blog Contributor

Why Do Penis’s Smell Bad?

If you visit the beach in the summertime you’re bound to see some hunks styled in shorts and speedos, and a few babes rocking booty shorts and bikinis. If you’re in America, you probably won’t see people naked. That is because we as a society believe that our private parts should be kept private. This may be a relief for some parents, but it is actually one of the largest contributors to penis smell.

Heat and moisture that ensues under your garments combined with your bodies natural skin bacteria can quickly generate an odor. This process is amplified by the sweat glands in the male groin area causing a noticeable “penis smell”. If this is the case for you or someone you know, first: don’t worry! Odor is a perfectly normal part of the human body and can easily be controlled. Here are some hygiene tips to help with penis smell:

 

Wash well.

I can’t stress this enough. Washing well in the shower is the first step to fighting penis odor. Make sure to wash from your body to the tip, including your pubic hair. If you are uncircumcised, make sure to wash under the foreskin.

Dry Off.

Make sure to give your body enough time to dry before throwing on clothes. By doing this, you can reduce the moisture and thus reduce odor.

 

Cut Pubic Hair.

Pubic hair is a breeding ground for bacteria and sweat. Trimming and washing your public hair will help prevent odor.

 

Wear Breathable Clothes.

Make sure to wear proper clothes and materials such as cotton underwear. If you are performing physical activity, then make sure your clothing matches the activity level. No pants on beach days and no thermal pants in the summertime.

 


If after implementing these few tips you still notice a penis smell, consider consulting a doctor about the issue. Sometimes odor in your groin area is linked to STIs, infections, or even STDs.

Remember that it is normal to have some sort of penis smell! Maintaining basic hygiene will help control the odors that our bodies are so naturally inclined to secrete. If you continue having issues, consider having a discussion with your doctor. Everyone just wants the best for your penis.