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Thursday, August 11, 2016

thanks for sharing *sarcasm*

A high school here in Colorado had a sexting scandal in the news for much of last year.  Much sharing of many nekkid photos.  Officials pondered what to do.  Under current law, those kids were technically participating in child porn distribution.

While we adults shook our heads at the stupidness of the activity, the general consensus is that it goes on a lot, those particular kids just happened to get caught.

When I was a stupid teenager, we were a long ways from cell phones.  One feature of that era of my life is that 3.2 beer was available to anyone at least 18 years old.  "3.2 bars" - or underage dance clubs - were a regular hangout for teens, and my home town had a couple of popular ones.  Friday and Saturday nights would find us there, dancing and socializing and drinking pitchers of Coors Light in all our awesome 80's fashion.

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Occasionally, the bars would have some sort of "mixer" event.  I remember one such  night around the time the fall session was about to begin at the local junior college, as a way to welcome new students, I suppose.

There was a sexy legs contest - open to guys and girls both - and a wet t-shirt contest.  Just girls for that one...

And let the record show that I did not enter, nor did I want to enter either!

To me, the contests seemed rather sleazy but cheaply entertaining except for when people I knew got involved.  One guy I was sort of dating at the time entered the legs contest.  He did have nice legs, and he just walked around the stage wearing nothing below the waist other than his tightie whities and a pair of cowboy boots.  He was a nice guy, and my view of him dropped after that.

I asked him about it later, and he embarrassingly explained that he was a bit drunk and let friends talk him into it.  Side note:  he won.

Another once-nice-guy I'd dated (I really didn't get around THAT much, it just seems like guys I dated had a penchant for entering sleazy contests?) got into the legs contest, stripping down to a tiny jock strap and doing what I guess he thought was a sexy dance.  My view of him took a definite plunge.

I don't remember much about the wet t-shirt contest except for the girl who won.  I remember because she was the older sister of a good friend of mine.  She must've been in her  mid- to late 20s at the time, and I was wondering why she hung out at the teen bar.

She came onto the stage in her drenched shirt and began dancing embarrassingly around and looking like the old lady she relatively was.  As with the leg contest, winners were chosen based on the amount of applause from the crowd of spectators.  She was getting an okay amount of applause when she reached down and removed her shirt completely.

Needless to say, she won.

Now, I'm no prude, but I found that particularly pathetic.  First of all, why hang out as old lady in the teen bar?  And why take off the shirt?

Maybe it's good that people have opportunities to expose *snicker* a side of themselves and let others get a more well rounded *ahem* picture of who they are underneath the surface *COUGH*.  Better to find these things out sooner rather than later.  Also, kids do dumb things sometimes that they later regret when caught up in the pack mentality.

Nowadays it's even easier to do the dumb stuff.  We had big hair, but we didn't have any sexting back in the 80s.  That's a good thing.

Ever shared anything you later regretted sharing?  Care to share?

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Linking up with Mama Kat for the prompt:
4. Write a blog post that ends with the word: share


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12 comments:

Stacey said...

Oh my. I think everyone has overshared at one time or another. I've learned if you're wondering whether or not you should, that probably means you shouldn't.

LL Cool Joe said...

I agree with Stacey, I'm sure we've all over shared at times, but I happy to say I've never paraded around in just a jockstrap. :D Well not in public anyway. ;)

Jennifer Worrell said...

I, for one, am so grateful that Facebook wasn't around when I was in high school. That would have been pretty bad...

Abby said...

Good advice!

Abby said...

Okay, now I have this image...

Abby said...

Oh, so true!

lotta joy said...

I'm glad we didn't have facebook and cell phones back then, but since I didn't drink and NEVER showed parts of my body, I guess I was a prude at 15. Now, there's naked pole dancers at parties at age 15.

Abby said...

I guess when the top trending news stories include the name Kardashian, we end up with 15-year-old naked pole dancers.

agg79 said...

I can honestly say that I am glad that twitter, Facebook and Instagram were not around when I was in college. The things that would have gone viral back then might have made today's hot topics look like kindergarten. NOT that I had anything to be ashamed of. Oh no, not moi. Nothing about mooning a rival football team or some adventure about having a roommate chase you across the quadrangle with a knife in his underwear. Nope. Nothing like that ever happened around here. I, for one, am glad that cell phone cameras did not exist back in my college days. We had enough problems just playing dungeons and dragons. I am constantly amazed on how people seem to self destruct on social media almost every day.

ShadowRun300 said...

I was such a goodie two shoes in high school, and I was SO shy. I wouldn't have had anything fun to share. After I met my hubby, I loosened up quite a bit, but still didn't do much of anything Instagram worthy. Or at least nothing I'll ever share.....

Sparkling Red said...

80s fashion was THE BEST!!!
Nope, I don't have any incriminating photos floating around... that I know of. Thank goodness I didn't grow up with social media. Adolescence was complicated enough without it.

Mama Kat said...

Thank GOD we did not have access to instant communication and humiliation back then. I don't think I would have been the sexting type, but I probably would have made a million other mistakes with that kind of viral ability.