Parent Bloggers, Personal Pictures, and Privacy
Last week I took down two pictures from my site. The pictures showed my son’s backside while he played in front of his toy kitchen. Originally, the post’s title was “Naked Chef,” but because the search term “naked child” was producing such a large number of hits on the post, I later changed the title to “Au Naturale.” This did little to lessen the number of hits on the post by people searching for “pictures of naked kids” or “naked kid pics.”1
At first I didn’t realize what the deal was. Novice blogger, not a big stat checker, purposeful blinders to the dark underbelly of humankind, etc.
Even after I figured out what nefarious search terms were landing the lechers on my site, I left it up. I considered whether Kieran would ever be upset that I had posted a picture of his tush. Meh – maybe, but probably not. I wouldn’t be upset if it was me. And what’s more, it’s not like a bare baby bottom is a rare sight in our culture. How many advertisements use a baby’s backside to sell products?!2 Is a baby’s posterior really that scintillating?
Seriously, internet perverts?
So I removed it. Grudgingly.
Amber at Strocel.com wrote about internet privacy awhile ago. I tend to agree with what she wrote, and I even referenced the post and pictures in question in my comment. Back then, the pictures were still up. Now they’re not. Has my position changed on the pictures themselves? No. They showed a baby’s bum. To any normal person, a baby’s bum is nothing more than a sweet memory of babyhood. Something that might need a diaper change. An occasional cause of stinkiness and laughter.
But the internet nasties thought otherwise, and I buckled under the pressure.
To look at it in a different light, the same thing could happen for breastfeeding images. If you’re a mama blogger concerned with normalizing breastfeeding, you’ll surely see some search terms about breastfeeding that will make your skin crawl.3 So where do we draw the line?
How do you decide what you are comfortable posting?
Where is the line between art or images that should be innocent, and images that are “too risque” to post?
Have you ever pulled a picture due to search terms?
- If you’re wondering what in the world I was writing about, go read the post. It’s a funny story. It deals with a common issue known to toddler mamas. Hey pedophiles – GO GET SOME HELP. ↩
- I just did a search and found several ads with bare bottoms on the first two pages of my Google search. I almost linked to them, and then decided not to. (sigh) ↩
- I realize this is a flawed argument, because I’m not trying to “normalize” the sight of a naked child, but I would like to think that we can maintain some innocence. ↩
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