Friday, 27 April 2012
Not so, according to Lori Mathews of Chillicothe, Ohio.
Daughter Alaska Mathews who was previously featured on TLC's "Toddlers & Tiaras," has found herself at the center of a controversy which could result in future legal ramifications if Lori has her way. The 9-year-old pageant contestant became an Internet user's fodder for sexual pleasure on an "adult website."
The comment posted by the anonymous user goes as follows:
"...I’m really ashamed of myself and have no one to turn to. Last night I was watching (a) Toddlers and Tiaras recording with my wife because we are having a baby in 3 weeks. We always watch the show to make sure she doesn’t end up trying to do something crazy like this with our daughter when she arrives. Lately I have developed a very strong attraction for Alaska, she is one of the girls on the show.
And what I did after my wife passed out is beyond me and I still can’t shake it out of my head. I pushed pause and masturbated to freeze frames of Alaska, and I really enjoyed it and now I don’t know what to do with this guilt. Personally I blame the people at TLC for ruining my life... ...what do I do now, do I tell my wife? Do I go see a counselor? Because I’m scared I will do it again. PLEASE I need help!"
Lori Mathews states, “This isn’t about pageants. This is about a child being put on an adult website and talked about in an explicit way and it being okay.” The act in question isn't illegal, but Mathews wants to change that.
Viewing pictures of fully clothed, underage girls and making lewd comments detailing a sex act is protected under U.S. law. What's most disturbing in this case is that the image in question was lifted from the network's television program. Mothers encouraging their children to participate in a pageant that sexualizes young girls is the real crime, if any.
What an individual decides to do with legal images is their business, and the right to free speech in this case is as legal as the pornography that portrays a rape scenario through role-play. It's also no less legal than turning easily influenced prepubescent girls into caricatures of our skewed standards of beauty.
With recent bills such as CISPA aiming to censor the Internet despite public outcry, it would not be shocking to see yet another grotesque head grow out of the freedom-fucking body of U.S. politics. Citizens really do learn by example.
Lori Mathews certainly has the right to get upset over the decidedly disturbing post, but she should recognize the rights of others to legally ogle over her tiny creation as well.
No harm, no foul.
Do you believe Lori Mathews has a case and should rightfully seek to alter current laws? Is the mother somewhat at fault?
Should people be allowed to pleasure themselves to legal images of pre-teens?
Nunez Love Doctor