Why I HATE People
February 11, 2006
alternate title : Just when I thought my estimation of mankind could not sink any lower
I got home from the dentist today and was all set to write something funny. It involved drool! I checked my email accounts and then went to my flickr account. I had sent the link to a friend (a real one, not imaginary!) who hasn’t seen my kids in a while and wanted to see some photos. I was curious if she had looked at them yet.
I noticed that someone, who had a user name I didn’t recognize, had added some of my photos to their favorites. It struck me as odd for several reasons: 1) They were not the sort of photos that someone would have an artistic interest in, 2) They were only of my daughter, and 3) Why do you want photos of some kid that you don’t even know?
I thought it was odd when someone favorited my photos of the Wiggles, but I thought, ‘Hey, whatever floats your boat’ and really I just assumed that some parent did it to show their child, not some man who wanted to masturbate to a picture of Dorothy the Dinosaur. I might just be naive.
I went and viewed this person’s photos and it was a fat old man who only had a handful of his own photos up. It gave me the creeps. I went and looked at the other photos he had favorited around flickr and they were all of little girls. Picture after picture of little girls.
Excuse me while I go vomit.
I had always thought there was a contingent of people who over reacted by not allowing their children’s photos on the internet, but now I understand it a bit better. I have turned all my flickr photos to private while I decide what I am going to do. They should still be visible here where I have them in posts.
It was bad enough last week when Rob and I watched that Dateline show about the pedophiles. I spent the entire next day that I was at Home Depot wondering if every man I made eye contact with was eyeing my boys up as potential sex partners.
I am left sitting here thinking, What the fuck*? Is this really the world we live in?
*I just told blogger spell check to learn this word. I feel the urge to use it more.
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