I’m a huge fan of social media (obviously, as it’s a huge part of my job) and I’m also a member of a couple of blogging Facebook groups. For the most part, I find them informative and fun and a great forum where we can chat about the world of blogging. Granted, not everyone’s cup of tea!
Anyway, a blogging friend of mine posted something in one of those groups this morning that has really taken me aback. It’s something I’d heard of before but not really paid much attention to … and that’s just lazy on my part. She drew our attention to a Facebook group called Juicy Jailbait (I’m afraid I won’t link to it) – a page dedicated to the sexualisation of teenage girls, many of who at least appear to be underage.
The photos posted are one thing … the lewd and disgusting comments left by men about what they want to do to these young girls, another. (Rosie has also written about this subject here.) Honestly, read the comments … see how they make you feel. Imagine a man is saying them about your daughter:
“I Buy That Hot Bitch Her Own Stash of Undies.”
“wen was the first time u had sex.”
“Lick her little p*ssy.”
“F*ck ……I would do them one by one , then start again mmmm hot.”
Granted, not the most literate of men but those are just a choice selection of the type of thing they write. I’m far from prudish (believe me!) but I have teenage nieces and my friends have teenage kids and, well, I just found it all pretty disgusting.
So I did something about it. Or so I thought.
I went to the page and reported it as offensive to Facebook and was amazed that within 20 minutes I had a response!!! Great service I thought … Facebook really are taking things like this seriously.
Here’s Facebook’s response:
You’ve all heard the stories about how Facebook take down photos that show women that are either undergoing or have undergone treatment for breast cancer or ladies breastfeeding, well here was the proof, first hand, of how messed up Facebook’s rules are. Maybe, if one of these young girls was showing off a mastectomy scar, the page would be taken down.
I remain a fan of Facebook … for work and pleasure, but this is a serious flaw that needs addressing. I’m not sure what the next step is – feel free to report the page if you so wish, I don’t hold out much hope that it’ll get taken down if I’m honest, but at least you’re now aware that this does go on. It’s not just a story you heard from a friend’s friend … there really are pages like that. And worse. God, I dread to think.
It’s funny, but things like this bother me more and more the older I get. Something I might have just glossed over as a younger woman as ‘old people needing to lighten up’ now really upsets me. I guess I just care more now.
Am I over-reacting? (I don’t think I am.)
UPDATE: After myself and several other blogging friends complained to CEOP (The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre), highlighting several photos as well as the page as being offensive, they have managed to get the page taken down. What a result! Thanks to everyone who complained.