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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Freedom of speech includes the right to post racy photos

In an interesting twist to the First Amendment, a judge upheld that high school girls have the right to post "slutty" pictures of themselves online without recrimination from their schools.

Obviously this is simplifying the matter somewhat. Over the summer, separate from school activities, a group of girls at a slumber party posed in a series of racy pictures, using lollipops and other props to simulate sexual activities. Another girl showed the photos to the school principal, who deemed that, despite being at a private function, the girls involved had violated the school's code of conduct. As such, he banned the girls from participating in any extracurricular activities for the school year. Two of the girls argued, with the support of the ACLU, that their First Amendment rights were violated, with a judge eventually vindicating them.

The judge was not impressed with the actions of the girls, stating, "the speech in this case doesn't exactly call to mind high-minded civic discourse about current events." However, he did agree that the girls have the right to post racy photos of themselves on social networking sites without being punished by the school.

While I think the girls didn't exhibit any thought about their actions and the potential consequences, I do have to agree that they have the right to post the photos, and as such, the right to any potential fall-out that may occur. To the best of my knowledge, there was nothing in the photos that referenced their school, and so banning the girls from extracurricular activities was probably not acceptable, though a not-uncommon response by employer and potential employers.

You and read the judge's opinion and ruling here.

-Katie Weidmann
Junior Girl
Girl Museum Inc.

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