- Publish Date
- Thursday, 6 July 2017, 2:39PM
A mother of six is the subject of controversy after she claimed she had pierced her daughter's cheek.
Enedina Vance's Facebook post went viral when she shared a picture of her baby with what appeared to be a stud on her face.
The activist wrote: "I just know she's gonna [sic] love it!! She'll thank me when she's older lol. If she decides she doesn't like it, she can just take it out, no big deal.
"I'm the parent, she is my child, I will do whatever I want!! I make all of her decisions until she's 18, I made her, I own her!!
"I don't need anyone's permission, I think it's better, cuter and I prefer her to have her dimple pierced.
"It's not abuse!! If it was, it would be illegal, but it's not. People pierce their babies every day, this is no different."
Vance later revealed the image was photoshopped to protest against circumcision for baby boys.
She said: "Wow, so as (hopefully) everyone knows, my last post was fake. I photoshopped that picture of the baby to look like I had her dimple pierced.
"I seriously can not believe how many people missed that this was purely satirical, I actually used the hashtag #sarcasm, yet people were still threatening to beat me to death, call child protective services, & take away my children."
"It's ironic they were ready to beat me to death over my excuses for piercing my baby, but then they used the same exact excuse to justify cutting their baby.
"How is it so triggering, so enraging to see my baby with a pierced dimple, but actually knowing a baby is being strapped down and forcibly having his most sensitive portion of his penis amputated, seems perfectly OK?"
The original post was shared over 12,000 times.
This article was first published on NZ Herald and is republished here with permission.