Attachment Problems; or, The Accidental Selfie

October 23, 2013, 6:52 pm

The_Seven_Year_Itch_(Marilyn_Monroe's_skirt_blows_up)You know those times when you are floating your mouse over something and click by mistake? The Des Moines Register reports that a University of Iowa TA mistakenly sent nude pictures of herself to her students. Wouldn’t you know it: she’s a mathematician, a field in which women have a hard time anyway.

Whoever you are, I am so sorry.

Of course the students started tweeting about it immediately, the sensitive little darlings, making the situation ever so much worse. According to the Register,

A student tweeted, “The TA was teaching her 7:30 discussion session this morning trying to act like nothing happened but [was] clearly very rattled. No one said anything about it but it was just extremely awkward.”

“Breaking News: An Iowa TA accidentally emailed naked pictures of herself to 80+ students instead of the study guide,” read one student’s tweet.

Another tweeted: “A math TA here accidentally emailed naked pics of herself to her students instead of the study guide.”

“Class with the most famous TA in University of Iowa history starts in an hour and a half. Wish me luck! Should I ask for an autograph?” tweeted another student.

The University of Iowa is “investigating,” you will be glad to know, but it might also be appropriate to do a little teach-in on not distributing nude pictures that don’t belong to you, just for the purpose of humiliating a woman.

This never would have happened in my day, since as a TA. I would have had to either staple nude pictures of myself to every paper I was returning, or put them in envelopes, stamp, address, and mail them. We won’t even mention the envelope licking that would have been involved.

OK, I’m just kidding. But herein lies a lesson for all of us: accidents happen to the best of people, so caution in the matter of nude selfies is advised. Things like this, and revenge porn, wouldn’t happen if people didn’t take nude pictures of themselves, and either give them away to boyfriends who they think are going to love them forever, or keep them on their computers. Listen hard out there: Do not keep nude pictures and videos of yourself on your computer! This is why the Goddess made external hard drives.

And University of Iowa students: the fun is over. Stop it. There is a fine line between celebrating a humorous event and harassing someone right out of a career.

This was a public service announcement.

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