The INSIDER Summary:
- Enedina Vance posted a Photoshopped picture showing her baby with a dimple piercing.
- She received hate mail and threats because people thought it was real.
- An anti-circumcision activist, she wanted to prove a point about bodily autonomy.
Enedina Vance sparked a heated debate with a photo of her daughter — but starting a conversation was her goal all along.
The Ohio native posted a photo on Facebook that appeared to show her baby with an earing in her cheek. It was fake, but Vance Photoshopped the picture to make the “piercing” look convincing.
Even though she tagged the post with the hashtag #sarcasm, people freaked out. Vance posted screenshots of hate mail she received from strangers as her post went viral (most of which are to vulgar to share in full).
“You are a monster,” one person wrote.
“I hope someone calls cps [Child Protective Services] for what you did to that baby,” read another message.
An anti-circumcision activist, Vance explained in a subsequent post that it was a fake photo that she shared to prove a point to parents about their kids’ bodily autonomy. In her mind, it’s just as wrong to circumcise a baby as it is to pierce a baby’s cheek.
“Education is key & the truth is, genital cutting is completely unnecessary,” she wrote. “Its NOT cleaner, not healthier, & definitely does not look better!! But most importantly, it is NOT your body to alter or modify for aesthetic purposes.”
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