I know it started officially a while ago, but around here it has only recently kicked in. So it’s that time of year again, when here in the northern hemisphere temperatures start to rise and our girls post more pictures of themselves wearing less. I would like to take this opportunity to remind all of our watchers to please keep your comments respectful. Tell the girls that they look beautiful, cute, or even gorgeous (because let’s face it, they are), but refrain from sharing your sexual fantasies unless asked. And I know that the new generation, teens especially, seem to have their own language, but let me assure you that when a girl says “I don’t like that comment please don’t do that again” it does not mean that she is into you and wants to hear more. Surprising I know, but trust me it’s true. Everyone likes to get a compliment provided they do not find it offensive. Yes there are lots of girls who don’t mind comments that are a little racy, but you should never assume that because a girl posts a picture of herself in a bathing suit means she is one of them. It isn’t difficult to tell the difference either. Reading through her responses to the comments of others will quickly let you know where she stands on this. And that’s a general principal that works anywhere, getting to know a girl before you try to make the relationship sexual will always work out better for everyone.
But you should also keep in mind that many of our members are underage so some of your comments may violate state, federal or even international laws. So remember, fave and comment on every shot you like and please be respectful. If you do you will in fact encourage the girls to post more pictures of those kind of shots! Really it's a win - win.
Now to our members in general but especially the younger teens, you should never let yourself be pressured into taking, let alone posting any image of yourself you unless you are 100% comfortable and happy with doing so. Remember, everything sent out on the internet lasts forever and you can never take it back. Even images sent “privately” by text or email to just one person can easily be intercepted and then shared with literally millions of people around the globe. That’s why we have become so careful here to try to screen out possibly fake accounts from becoming members. I do not want to be involved in distributing pictures that a girl intended be private.
The whole purpose of SSG is to provide a safe place for girls to share those pieces of their life with others. And the members, through seeing the work posted by others, can possibly be inspired to broaden and improve on their own art. In my mind the self-shot is the most intimate form of self portraiture. I want to protect and promote those who have chosen to endure the criticism of those who claim “it is not art.” Happy girls are pretty girls and pretty girls with cameras take lots of pictures. So enjoy the warm weather and stay happy.