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Anti-circumcision activist sets off firestorm by posting photo showing her baby with pierced cheek and claiming ‘I own her’

By Mason White 1:01 PM July 5, 2017
Enedina Vance with her baby daughter
Enedina Vance with her baby daughter
By: Alexis Bell

A mother of Ohio, set off a firestorm around the world by posting a photo, showing her baby daughter with a pierced cheek.

Enedina Vance, who lives in Fostoria, is an outspoken activist for children’s rights.

Vance is against any type of body modification, including circumcision on boys and ear piercings for girls.

Last week, the mother of six children posted a photo on her Facebook account, showing her baby daughter with a diamond stud in her cheek.

Vance posted the fake photo to raise awareness about the issue of body modification on children.

The photo backfired as many people thought that the photo was real and slammed Vance for child abuse.

Vance received death threats and people called Child Protection Services to investigate her.

Vance wrote: “So I got the baby girl’s dimple pierced!! It looks so cute, right?!! I just know she’s going to 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 everyday, this is no different. My baby, my choice!! Parent’s choice, parent’s rights!! Don’t judge my parenting, we all raise our kids differently, it’s none of your business anyway!!”

After the post set off a firestorm around the world, Vance expressed her disappointment that people missed her point.

“I’m absolutely loving all the angry face reactions, lol. They may not have read my posts or even the articles, but they are helping circulate my posts!!

“Facebook has confirmed that using emoji ‘Reactions’ actually influences the way your News Feed appears. In fact, Facebook weighs the emoji ‘Reactions’ more than ‘Likes.’

However, Facebook said that all of the ‘Reactions’ are weighted the same as of right now. So using a Love Reaction will not make it appear more than an Angry reaction.”

“Thank you angry people!!”

Later, Vance added: “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.

“It is in fact photoshopped, and according to many, many, posts and comments, it was a very bad and obvious photoshopped attempt on my part, lol. Yet, hundreds of people actually believed it as real!!”