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Should I just send the nude pictures and make him happy?

December 8, 2014

This feels weird, but as long as he's happy....

This feels weird, but as long as it makes him happy….

Smart girls and guys often make stupid choices. Smarter teens recognize when something feels off. They’re the ones who stop beforehand to get a second opinion. Here’s a recent email I received from a smarter girl:

Hey Terra,

My boyfriend and I have a long distance relationship and he really wants nude pictures of me. He doesn’t pressure me about it, but I have a hard time explaining why I can’t do it. I was raised with conservative values, though I have different views from my parents on lots of things. I’ve realized it’s okay to break certain rules, but I can’t even take the picture without feeling disappointed in myself or guilty. He understands my boundaries, but I still feel bad about it. I know plenty of other girls do it and I feel abnormal. Should I just send the pictures anyway, even if I’ll feel down about myself but will make him happy??

–Feeling Abnormal

Dear Feeling Abnormal,

You already know the answer to this one, but it sounds like you need support. OK, here it is: NO. You should not “just sent the pictures anyway, even if (you) will feel down about (yourself) but make him happy.” No way!

It’s not your job to make your boyfriend happy. It is your job to live your life in a way that makes you proud of who you are. Sending nude pictures will not make you feel proud. You know that, so don’t do it.

Now, let’s talk about this request. You say “he doesn’t pressure me about it…” and yet he must be pressuring you because you “know he really wants” these nude photos of you. Repeated, insistent requests = PRESSURE. He is pressuring you about it. He is not “understanding (your) boundaries.” This is not OK.

I hope you’ve told your boyfriend how uncomfortable you are with these requests. If you haven’t yet been crystal clear, here’s what to say to him ASAP: “When you ask me for nude photos it makes me really uncomfortable.” If he asks, “Why?” Simple say, “Because it does. So stop asking.” If that doesn’t get him to quit bugging you, then you need to seriously consider what kind of guy he is and why you are still in this relationship.

I hope this gives you the courage and support you need to do the right thing.

Does it?

In friendship,
Terra

Thank you, Terra.

I guess I just needed someone to confirm it for me.

–Happily from Not Feeling So Abnormal Anymore

This smarter girl just joined the group of Smartest Girls – the ones who demand the respect they are worthy of. How are you teaching your daughter to respect herself, to treat others with respect, and to demand respect from friends and partners?

Filed under: Parenting,Teens — Tags: , , , — Annie @ 2:08 pm
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1 Comment »

  1. I’m sorry, but this is false. They have a long distance relationship, which usually ends in one of the partners cheating, because they don’t get that sexual drive. Thats why most people cheat, they are cut off from what is sexual, so they find a new source. So to say No, is wrong and right at the same time. Yes, he doesnt pressure her, he’s just trying to have it so that he isnt sexual towards another girl. Understandable. No, she would feel bad about her self. But. Think of it this way. But don’t think I’m in favor for the guy. I’m an unbiased opinion. Its a long distance relationship, which means they really love/like each other. And it takes a long time to get someone. So will a couple pictures hurt to keep the person you love/like loyal? No. Once she does it, she will break down and start questioning things and then come to the conclusion. It feels good. It doesnt hurt to break rules. Rules are made to be broken. And your response to when the guy doesnt quit, is unnecessary because you could be the cause of a healthy relationship that made him and her WHO CAME TO YOU FOR HELP happy, to be destroyed over 1 small thing. Now you don’t have to reply or anything. Just an unbiased opinion

    Comment by Leo — July 4, 2015 @ 5:13 am

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