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Babes and boofheads…

It seems that the sexualisation and exploitation of our daughters continues unabated,

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Facebook 'Babe' page taken down

Acknowledgement: Radio NZ – Facebook ‘Babe’ page taken down

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A bunch of anonymous kids say  “they don’t see much wrong”  with  taking images of  girls from various  Facebook pages, and reposting it on a sleazy ‘Babe of the Day’ page.

‘I and the other two admins of the page are aware that the page may look a bit creepy but as all three of us are high school students and under 18 ourselves, we don’t think we are doing too much harm.”‘

Acknowledgement: ODT – Concern at pupils ‘babe’ web page

These kids did not ask for permission to use the girls’ pics – there is no consent implied or given. And the kids responsible for the page seem utterly oblivious to a practice which objectifies these girls.

If I were a father with a daughter, and her pic had been lifted and exploited in this way,   I would take a dim view of a bunch of adolescent  boofheads portraying my daughter(s) as objects for someone elses’ gratification.

Our society is sex mad already enough already, without Gen X (or Y or whatever) adding their bit to it.

And the irony of this entire sleazy affair?

One of the administrators of the site, who wished to remain anonymous, defended the page when contacted yesterday.

Acknowledgement: IBID

The administrators of the site, who wished to remain anonymous…”

So they value their anonymity, do they?

I wonder why? If their little past-time is as inoffensive as they believe, why don’t they come forward?

And put their own pics up for people to gawk at?

It appears they value their own privacy.

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  1. mcclairy
    20 June 2013 at 5:36 pm

    I was/am opposed to censorship…..which was a value judgement in an earlier age where only books and movies were the main channel for publishing controversial material. Times are a changing, first TV, then video movies, the internet, social media, smart phones and no doubt a host of other outlets now freely available make what young impressionable minors watch a difficult process. Parents and/or responsible caregivers can’t police children and adolescents extra curricula activities 24/7. Maybe it is time to make identity theft as described above a criminal offense………whoa….and pray how are we going to police that she asks ? Taking the social media company to court might work, publish and you are over and out ! I am squirming as I write this…….where to start, where to stop. What I find acceptable others may find unacceptable and vv as we have no doubt experienced. Maybe we should be asking Year 13/Form 7 students around the schools what they think, what they would do if they were published without knowledge or permission. We might be surprised….pleasantly I hope.

  2. Dan the Man
    20 June 2013 at 8:32 pm

    You have to wonder how many of these guys actually have girlfriends. Real ones. Not the cyber-variety where you have to touch yourself to imitate contact by another human being.

  3. 20 June 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Just because something is sleazy or puerile doesn’t make it pornographic, illegal or grounds for banning. The onus was upon those who objected to the images on the site to prove that (a) the images were used without the consent of the persons concerned, (b) that the images were actually degrading to the people whose images were used and (c) that the site was pornographic – in other words, the images were posted with the intent to sexually arouse their targetted audience. As far as I’m concerned the Facebook page didn’t warrant being removed but that doesn’t mean I approve of it. That is another issue altogether.

    • Robert
      21 June 2013 at 3:20 am

      You so completely missed the point I’m not sure you’d even understand the rebuttal.

  4. Priss
    20 June 2013 at 9:59 pm

    “The onus was upon those who objected to the images on the site to prove that (a) the images were used without the consent of the persons concerned, (b) that the images were actually degrading to the people whose images were used and (c) that the site was pornographic – in other words, the images were posted with the intent to sexually arouse their targetted audience.”

    Miles I don’t know what planet you’re from, but I’m guessing it’s one where you haven’t considered this from a woman’s point of view??

    Point A: why should the owners have to PROVE that their images were used without consent? I’m thinkiing that it should be the responsibility of those boys to prove that they had consent. Just imagine if a hundred such pages popped up and used those girl’s images. Why should the onus be on those girls to chase those 100 Page administrators???

    Point B: I’m sorry – but WTF? Are you saying that the girls have to prove that they consider the mis-use of their own images to be de-grading??? Get. A. Grip. It should not have to be proven. Because how do you prove such a thing? And why should they prove it??????? It should be enough to simply say; those pics are mine, you have no right to mis-use them, and I feel degraded. End of fucking story.

    Point C: Ditto above. The girls don’t have to prove a goddamn thing. It’s not their responsibility. So how about we turn this around and admit that freedom is not absolute and no, you cannot take something just because you fucking want it.

    I trust that’s clear?

  1. 21 June 2013 at 6:51 am

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