Mom posts photo of pierced baby to draw attention to a cause
Enedina Vance knew exactly what she was doing when she recently posted this photo on Facebook. At first glance it appears to be just another proud parent pic of her six-month-old daughter. But a closer look reveals something you don't see every day — a piercing on the little baby's cheek!
The mother from Ohio explained the photo with this post...
"So I got the baby girl's dimple pierced!!
It looks so cute, right?!! I just know she's gonna love it!! She'll thank me when she's older lol If she decides she doesn't like it, she can just take it out, no big deal
I'm the parent, she is MY CHILD, I will do whatever I want!! I make all of her decisions until she's 18, I made her, I own her!! I don't need anyone's permission, I think it's better, cuter, & I prefer her to have her dimple pierced."
"It's NOT abuse!! If it was, it would be illegal, but it's not. People pierce their babies everyday, this is no different
MY BABY, MY CHOICE!! PARENT'S CHOICE, PARENT'S RIGHTS!! Don't judge my parenting, we all raise our kids differently, it's none of your business anyway!!"
The photo spread like wildfire through the social networks. Many people were outraged and Enedina received an avalanche of hateful comments and even death threats for what she had done to her daughter. But there's a twist to this plot: the photo isn't real! Thanks to a clever bit of Photoshop editing, Enedina managed to make it look like her daughter had been pierced.
The reason Enedina posted this fake photo was to draw attention to a cause she strongly believes in. She is against all forms of unnecessary alteration to children's bodies, especially severe surgical procedures such as the circumcision of infant boys' foreskin. Enedina, who is also strongly against less invasive procedures such as piercing, used the fake photo and her explanation for the supposed piercing to expose the flawed justification that parents often resort to when they alter their children's bodies in such ways.
"How is it so triggering, so enraging to see my baby with a pierced dimple, but actually knowing a baby is being strapped down and forcibly having his most sensitive portion of his penis amputated, seems perfectly OK?" argued Enedina.
"How can society threaten death over one, but encourage and support the other? Piercing is bad, but cutting is accepted as the norm? They don't know why it's done, if it has to be done, what the functions of that body part are, or what happens if they were to just leave it alone. So the cycle continues, all because parents are too afraid or to proud to admit that they just don't know. Education is key and the truth is, genital cutting is completely unnecessary," she continued.
The post has already been shared over 13,000 times and has sparked a heated debate. But whatever your opinion on the subject, you have to admit that Enedina certainly found a very unique way to drive her point home.