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Strangers are increasingly sending photos of penises to owners of iPhones through AirDrop. In the United States came up with a plan for such a year 

Send Nudes – if there was no such request, you will most likely have to answer for the photo.

New York City resident Britta Carlson (Britta Carlson) shows the “dick” obtained by AirDrop. NY Post Images
New York City resident Britta Carlson (Britta Carlson) shows the “dick” obtained by AirDrop. NY Post Images

Subway passengers in New York and other American cities have increasingly begun to complain that strangers are sending them photos of penises (“dikpiki”) using AirDrop technology, The New York Times reported . The publication considered it a sexual harassment tied to technology.

This type of harassment is informally called “cyber-flashing” (cyber-flashing), but at the legislative level it has not been reflected in any way. Under the concept of exhibitionism “dikpiki” do not fit. However, the situation may change: on November 29, a bill was passed in the City Council of New York suggesting a fine of one thousand dollars or a year in prison for such an offense. The authors are a Democrat from Queens and a Republican from Staten Island.

“In the old days, you needed to get a long coat and good running shoes [to seek out strangers]. Thanks to technology, it has become terribly easier to behave, ”said co-author of the law, Republican Joseph Borelli.

Why do men send “dikpiki”

The science has not given a definite answer yet, but it is necessary to take into account the opinion of some researchers.

  • This is called a kind of exhibitionism. Also, many men, according to studies, incorrectly assess the level of interest of women in sex – the opinion of a psychology doctor from Harvard Justin Lemiler (Justin J. Lehmiller) ;
  • This is a form of objectification. However, the motives of such people have not yet been studied: they can be caused both by a controversial attempt to meet and by a reaction to the political views of the addressee – the opinion of the Australian Center for Sex, Health and Society Research Andrea Waling ;
  • In porn, male genitalia are often at the center of what is happening, Wolling notes . In her opinion, the senders of obscene photos conclude from this that a woman needs exactly that and she is pleased to receive a “pick-up” even from a stranger. She also believes that some men, under the influence of erotic videos, begin to doubt their own genitals, after which they try to relate them to what they see.

How AirDrop is used to send obscene photos

Since 2017, the media has been writing about cases of sending obscene photos in public places. Such people use Apple’s file transfer wireless technologylaunched in 2011.

AirDrop allows you to send photos via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to Apple device owners who have this feature turned on. Android devices have a similar feature called AirDroid.

Those who exchange pictures should be at a distance of no more than 10 meters from each other. Since AirDrop admits anonymity, the potential victim almost never knows who sent her the pick.

What the victims say

One of the most typical cases of “cyber flash” occurred with a 31-year-old actress and singer Rebecca Odorisio in the subway of New York. While she was driving home in a full carriage, she received a notification from AirDrop. Odoricio pressed “accept” and saw a photo of an erect penis from the user “The Enterprise” (“Enterprise”). The American woman quickly deleted the picture, but with disgust remembers this incident so far: “It felt as if they had hit me in the stomach.” This did not happen to her for the first time.

58-year-old Kate Hannauer (Kathe Hannauer) received a “dikpik” while riding the subway from Brooklyn to Manhattan at evening rush hour. The American was even surprised: “I was like this:“ And is it at my age? Nobody has harassed me for a long time. ”

The exhibition “dikpikov”, created by feminist Whitney Bell from Los Angeles. She reproduced the interior of the apartment and placed the photos in frames to show the degree of vulnerability of the woman in such moments. So Bell reveals the principle of sexual harassment. Photos of the exhibition press service

Those to whom strangers send obscene photos in a public place can sometimes be perceived as a “harmless prank”. That is how Michael May, a physician at New York Presbyterian Hospital, responded. The stranger sent him a photograph of a naked man covering his genitals with a lightsaber. May “thought it was funny,” and tried to figure out the sender in the crowd, but everyone around didn’t look up to smartphones.

One of the very first cases of “cyber-flash” was recorded not in the USA, but in the UK. In 2015, 34-year-old London resident Lorraine Crighton-Smith told the police that she received two dikpika from a stranger during her trip to work: photo to another iphone owner. There was a feeling that violence had been applied to me. ”

There are no official statistics of cases of “electronic harassment”. It is also not widely known about similar cases in Russia, but Russian-speaking users of social networks also sometimes complain about sending obscene pictures via AirDrop.

How to disable AirDrop

There are two ways.

To disable the function on the iPhone, you need to go to the settings, select “Basic” and find AirDrop. Then you need to completely block receiving files or limit the range to users from the contact book.

You can also open the control point and hold down the Bluetooth icon. After that, a menu will open, in which will be AirDrop. By clicking on it, it will be possible to change the privacy settings.

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