Enedina Vance shared a picture of her six-month-old daughter on Facebook sporting a dimple piercing, it was her way of sending a strong message to other parents.
Showing her daughter with a cheek ‘piercing’, Ms Vance had actually photoshopped the jewel into her daughter’s face to prove a point. Yes, it is FAKE!
Her post has gone viral causing plenty of controversy and shock. Nearly 12,000 shares and over 140 comments.
Her original post:
“So I got the baby girl’s dimple pierced!!
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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. Its 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!!
#BodilyIntegrity, #MyBodyMyChoice, #HumanRights, #ChildrensRights, #Intactivism, #IntactGeneration #sarcasm
“I can’t believe how many people actually believe my photo is real,” Vance tells Yahoo Beauty. “So many people are outraged at the thought of piercing my baby at such a young age, without her consent, and against her will. Yet, they don’t understand how other body mutilations, alterations, and modifications are the exact same thing for the exact same reason: aesthetic purposes.”
The mother-of-six became an activist against body alterations in children when she was pregnant for the first time. Her doctor asked whether she wanted to circumcise her baby or not.
“I found out that research from around the world proves genital cutting serves absolutely no health benefits at all,” she says. “In fact, studies I found show genital cutting actually causes damage to the penis. Lifelong damage. It’s only here in the US that there are claimed ‘medical reasons’ or ‘health benefits’ for genital cutting, but they have all been proven false.”
She wanted to educate others on the subject and has done just that in follow-up posts on her Facebook page.
“I’m very passionate about children’s right to physical integrity. Each and every one of us has the right to our own body, our entire body,” she says, “Why not children? The U.S. set a law in place protecting infant girls from cultural and religious genital cutting in 1997. Why are infant boys not equally protected?”
“If ‘piercing’ my baby’s face is so enraging because she’s a baby without consent, why aren’t people just as enraged over piercing any other part of her body? Why are her ears any different than her face?” Vance says. “Why is it OK to modify, alter, and mutilate our children to society’s standards? And why do people get so angry when I point out their hypocrisy?”
“It should be each person’s choice what to do with their bodies. Not even your parents should be able to decide.”
The video below offers some great explanation and points for consideration. *Language warning*
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