Enedina Vance, an activist against child piercing and circumcising shared a photo of her daughter on Facebook, where seemingly, the girl’s dimple was pierced.
She wrote in the caption:
“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!!” she continued, ending the caption for the doctored image with “#sarcasm.”
Needless to say, Enedina’s post is completely fake, as this was posted in protest against people piercing their children from a young age, but even then, the post caused a huge outcry among not only the members of the group where the photo was shared but also all around Facebook in general. Despite writing #sarcasm at the end of her post, people still felt the need to call her a “bad mother” as well as other insults.
After Enedina noticed the negative feedback, she had to make it very clear that it was all fake.
Here are the posts she wrote following the outcry the original image of her daughter caused:
“Wow, so as (hopefully) everyone knows, my last post was FAKE. I photoshopped that picture of the baby to look like I had her dimple pierced,” she wrote in one post. “I seriously can not believe how many people missed that this was purely satirical, I actually used the hashtag #sarcasm lol yet people were still threatening to beat me to death, call child protective services, & take away my children lol I even explained within the comments that this was fake, that I edited the photo, & that I’m actually an intactivist […]”
“Honestly, my post was meant to shock parents into seeing their children as human beings & to respect them as such,” she followed up in another. “Every angry person who shared my post, did so in an attempt to shine light on an injustice.”
As an example, by US state Ohio law, children under the age of 18 are allowed to get pierced, as long as the parents give consent. Most other US states allow piercing of minors too, but also only if consent is given by the parents. Even then, Enedina claims “No one has the right to alter, modify, or mutilate another human being’s body for aesthetic purposes, not even parents.”