So there I am scrolling through Facebook and I find this post…http://toronto.ctvnews.ca/mobile/cutest-teens-2013-facebook-page-taken-down-1.1540454
It is regarding a dismaying Facebook page called The Cutest Teens of 2013. A place where teens post ‘Selfies’ of themselves and get rated on them by “Likes”. The above article explains that once Facebook found out about this page and it’s incessant cyber-bullying on the pictures posted there, they immediately shut it down, seizing all of it’s activity.
So me being the asshole that I am went to take a look…It is still there. Well at least one page is. I cant be sure how many of these pages there are, and I am sure Facebook can’t either.
At first I was outraged. Dreadfully promiscuous pictures of teens sullied my screen along with catch phrases like, “Don’t be hatin’ Like if you like what you see…” Well maybe not exactly that, but you get the drift. I didn’t actually witness any bullying on the page I viewed, but to be truthful I did not stay long to investigate.
And that was because I got a brainwave from viewing all of these crazy and heinous pictures…And do you want to know what that brainwave was???
“THE CUTEST MOMS OF 2013″- Because if teens can do it, why can’t I?
Unfortunately, I felt that putting out the invitation to the plethora of Mom friends I have would be weird and possibly preditor-ish so instead, I will self proclaim the title of The Cutest Mom of 2013 to me!
Ah thank you…
But before I commence on my acceptance speech I thought I would give you a little peek at the awesome pictures I sent in…to myself, to achieve such a prestigious award.
First off- The ‘I just realized I have residual poop on my hand from wiping my kids butt’ pic.
And then we have the, ‘I’m living in the past…AND I LOVE IT’ pic.
And then comes the Sexy Mama pics…
I wasn’t sure if the
judges me, would be satisfied with just these photos of my ultimate and utter photogenic awesomeness so I decided to throw in a few of my everyday life pics as The Cutest Mom of 2013.
The tired Mom.
It is my daughter Sophie’s 3rd birthday tomorrow. And this- this cutest…Anything, is not the message I want to give to her.
I don’t want her to think that she must feign after ‘likes’ to be cute. I don’t want her posting pictures of her body all over the net in a vain attempt for self confidence. I don’t want her to feel that the judgment of others defines her as an individual.
This is not what I want my daughter to feel like she has to be.
I want her to be strong. I want her to be confidant and self reliant. To be happy within her skin and not need a number to classify her worth.
It is not today or tomorrow that I worry of this. It is for the days in the future, when a silly Facebook page gets created pressuring her to submit herself to this egotistical crap. And in the end all I can do is have hope that I’ve raised her well enough that she will not indulge in the mediocrity of this fad.
That by this time she will be self-assured enough to call bullshit.
I apologize Cutest Teens of 2013 for poking fun at your little game. It may have just started out in fun- a way to show off what you got…But it has developed into so much more. Today you are passing down immoral lessons to the younger generation, and these types of things only tend to run rampant once started.
Be assured, that in years from now you will most definitely regret participating in this type of thing. You will look back and think, “Why did I need that type of recognition?” “How could I have wrote that terrible comment?” and “What were the repercussions for the actions I posted there that day?”.
As much as you may think that I am just be some loony old bat that likes to write blogs that consist of crazy pictures of herself, I am right. I know you. I know you, because I once was you. You will regret this.
So please, Teens of 2013, don’t succumb to the demands of this media trend. You are better than that.
You are smart, and you are creative, find something better to use your time with. Because YOU are beautiful and know that you never need another person to rate you to affirm that truth.