A mom who “pierced” her baby’s cheek wrote a powerful message on Facebook to other parents to make an eye-opening point about body alterations in babies and small children.
When Enedina Vance shared a photo of her baby with a cheek piercing last week, her photo immediately went viral for obvious reasons.
Many parents were outraged when they saw the shocking photo, but along with the controversial picture came a poignant message about body alterations in babies in general:
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. 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!!
The post, which was clearly meant to be sarcastic, is meant to show how outraged parents can be over one piercing, but not others.
For instance, plenty of parents pierce their children’s ears before they are even old enough to decide if they want piercings.
Vance, who had the photo digitally altered, is a staunch advocate against piercings in babies as well as circumcision.
In a matter of hours, Vance’s post instantly went viral, with many commenters praising the proud mom for standing her ground.
“This I'm a mom of 6 boys 5 are intact. I was 15 when my first was born in 1999 and there wasn't much information back then it was word of mouth and all my male family members insisted I do it.....in 2008 when my 2nd son was born, I was informed and never did it again,” one mom wrote.
“Wow over 7k shares. Hopefully some parents get the message that it's not ok to alter your child's body. The disgust they look at someone who would pierce their child's face, is the same disgust we and the rest of the world look at those who circumcise children with,” another added.