Thursday Open Thread

September 5, 2013

It’s Thursday, and I’m feeling judgy!

First there was this mom, who wrote a column for Slate about the evils of teh Interwebs and why she never, ever, posts anything online about her daughter. EVER.

Knowing what we do about how digital content and data are being cataloged, my husband and I made an important choice before our daughter was born. We decided that we would never post any photos or other personally identifying information about her online. Instead, we created a digital trust fund.

That included doing a Google search of possible names to make sure there were no negative connotations, registering a URL of the kid’s name along with a gmail account, and creating Twitter and facebook accounts for her. Some day, when they deem her ready, they will hand over an envelope with the password. Until then: NO INTERNET PRESENCE.

To each their own, obvs. But when DD was born, the hot social media platform was MySpace. Shame I didn’t think to create an account for her!  😉

Then there’s this piece of work, who wrote an open letter to teenage girls, excoriating them for tempting her sons with all their adolescent sexuality. I’ll let Jezebel do the snarking for me, because I can’t even.

But here’s a tidbit from that open letter:

And so, in our house, there are no second chances, ladies. If you want to stay friendly with the Hall men, you’ll have to keep your clothes on, and your posts decent. If you try to post a sexy selfie, or an inappropriate YouTube video – even once – you’ll be booted off our on-line island.

I know that sounds harsh and old-school, but that’s just the way it is under this roof for a while. We hope to raise men with a strong moral compass, and men of integrity don’t linger over pictures of scantily clad high-school girls.


Oh, the sexist double standards, how they burn!

What are you feeling judgy about today? What else is on your mind? Chat away!