Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Really didn't need to see that....

There's a recurring trend on the internet that is starting to really disturb me, and I don't quite understand why it's taking off. People have started posting ultrasound pictures of their baby's genitalia. Why do people think that this is appropriate behavior? If they posted similar pictures on the internet once the child is born they would get in big trouble for child pornography. Do they think that people don't believe them when they excitedly proclaim the gender of the child after the ultrasound and thus need to provide photographic evidence?

Don't get me wrong, I like seeing the progressive ultrasound pictures as much as anyone else. It's exciting to see the baby growing; to partake in the excitement of the expectant mother to some extent. When people find out the gender they are typically very excited and like sharing the information, and as an outsider you start think of which parent the little one will look most like. The whole process of babies coming into the world is fabulous and everyone who even has contact with the parents gets a little bit of sharing in the process.

The real issue I have though with these scandalous pictures is what would you say, as an adult, if you found out that your parents had proudly posted pictures of your tender vittles on the internet for the whole world to see? Maybe I'm just a prude, but I think I would be a little embarrassed. I mean the goofy pictures my mom took of me in the bathtub are a little bad, but at least the essential parts are covered with a washcloth. She even has pictures of us nude sunbathing in the backyard, but just the butts, and I think I was about 2 years old. I don't know specifically where people are supposed to draw the line, and maybe some would say that the pics my mom took of us were scandalous, but perhaps we should provide the same amount of decency for the children waiting to be born as we would for ourselves.

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