Warren Binford, assistant professor of law and director of the Clinical Law Program
Law Professor Weighs in on ‘Sexting’
Warren Binford, assistant professor of law and director of the Clinical Law Program, wrote an opinion column for the Sunday, April 5, issue of The Oregonian about "sexting," a trend where teenagers send nude or semi-nude photos of themselves and others to friends via text messages on their cell phones.
Binford has worked as an advocate for children throughout her professional life and currently teaches international children's rights and the child and family advocacy clinic at the College of Law. She wrote that with numerous sexy body images in the media, it's no wonder teenagers react by taking similar photos of themselves.
The solution? Instead of jailing teens using child pornography laws, society needs to give them "something great to imitate," Binford argued. "We help them learn to care for and respect their bodies - not advertise, use and then trash them like just another throwaway commodity in a consumer-driven culture," she wrote.
Read the entire column online at www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2009/04/sexting_solutions_teach_teens.html. Learn more about Binford at www.willamette.edu/wucl/faculty/profiles/binford/index.php.