SEXY TEXTERS AND THE R-RATED SELFIE
The numbers of high-profile texters caught sending inappropriate words and pictures shows that in the heat of the moment, caution is thrown to the winds. Any list of offenders should start with former cricketer Shane Warne, an early adopter and one of the first to be caught. In retrospect, his “sexts” were old-fashioned and unimaginative using words like “horny” and expressing an urgent desire to be ridden. More recently his infatuation (and cohabitation) with actor/model Liz Hurley, who wore a dress held together with safety pins, may have cured him of the habit. On the political front former Premier Mike Rann was in trouble over the sheer numbers of his texts to former Parliament House barmaid, Michelle Chantelois, whereas in Queensland this month, the problem was with the content. Former ethics committee head, Peter Dowling, had the bad taste, and poor judgment, to send his mistress a picture of his penis in a glass of red wine, a selfie of a crotch in boxer shorts and a full-frontal image of his genitalia. She gave them to the press which left the public disgusted, his wife angry and humiliated, and his political colleagues unamused. “I am not proud of the events plastered all over today’s paper,” Dowling said. “And I can’t and won’t defend any part of it.” This is not an Australian problem. New York has the recalcitrant, and unfortunately named Anthony Weiner who has been caught not once but twice. His first bout of sexting was particularly brazen; using Twitter to post a young woman a link to a suggestive photo of his bulging shorts. Running again as Democrat candidate for the Mayor of New York and still married to Huma Abedin, he has done it again with more pictures and sexts sent under the pseudonym “Carlos Danger”. And in the UK rugby player Danny Cipriani squandered a relationship with Kelly Brook by sending lewd texts to a woman he met online. Brook found the messages on Cipriani’s phone and kicked him out of her home.