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Do you take sexy selfies?

You can’t have missed the shocking news this week that a number of celebrities have had their private sexy selfies leaked to the world.

If you’ve ever taken intimate pictures and shared them with a partner, you can probably understand the upset that certain people are going through. Mary Elizabeth Winstead – one of those who’d had her private pictures published – made it very clear what she thought of the person who hacked her.

Knowing those photos were deleted long ago, I can only imagine the creepy effort that went into this. Feeling for everyone who got hacked.

— Mary E. Winstead (@M_E_Winstead) August 31, 2014

We couldn’t agree more.

Sharing intimate pictures

We’re obviously fans of people expressing their sexuality. What’s not to love about sharing intimate moments with your partner? Whether you’re in a long-distance relationship or even in the next room, sometimes a bit of visual stimulation is a fantastic way to turn your partner on.

Obviously there are drawbacks – the fact that these pictures can be shared or stolen is understandably offputting to some people, and there are many who would never take a picture of themselves naked in case it fell into the wrong hands.

The law on sexy selfies

Let’s make one thing crystal clear: there’s nothing wrong (and certainly nothing illegal, if you’re an adult) with taking naked pictures of yourself. If you’re over 18 and you want to snap something saucy to send to your partner, then you’ve done nothing wrong. One of the huge problems with the recent celebrity photo leak is that it has been met with a wave of comments saying “well, what do you expect? If you take naked photos you have to accept that they’ll be shared.”

At Belle de Soir we completely disagree. Sure, it’s worth being careful with your snaps, but not because there’s anything wrong with taking them, just because there are unscrupulous people who might share them. No one ‘deserves’ to have their sexy selfies stolen or shared any more than they’d ‘deserve’ to have someone hide in their bedroom closet.

In the celebrity photo leak, the victims had their images hacked and stolen, but that’s not the only way they can get out. In the UK, there’s a campaign underway to #BanRevengePorn – to put in place specific laws to punish ex-lovers who share images without your consent. We’re all for punishing people who share – after all, in an ideal world no one would ever publish sexy pictures without anyone’s consent.

Do you take sexy selfies?

We’d love to know your thoughts on this. Taking sexy pictures is becoming more common these days, and is something that many couples do to turn their partner on when they’re apart for a while, or just when they’re feeling frisky. Do you send sexy selfies? Is it something you’d consider? Or are you worried about unscrupulous partners or hackers, putting your pics on the internet?

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