Tagged: women are not girls

NZGirl wants us to do their job for them

“Jenene” of NZGirl has responded to yet more criticism of that site’s fucked-up marketing campaign on 30 Days of Kate with the following:

No under age girl is allowed to post, nor has posted. I’m happy for you to send me any images that you are concerned about.

Here’s how it is, people.

A site marketed as “for girls and women” encourages its readers to send in pictures of their boobs for public posting.

This site institutes absolutely no safeguards to ensure that the submissions are genuine or legal beyond an absolutely terrifying “I accept the terms and conditions” button.

This site then proceeds to ignore, insult, and defame its critics who try to point out the extreme skeeviness of this campaign.

Pictures submitted end up on porn sites.

The NZGirl editorial team accuses a feminist critic of posting them (in wonderfully passive-aggressive tones).

Finally, an editor at NZGirl denies that any of the photos can be underage or used without permission, without explaining what, if any, vetting or investigation they have done to establish this …

And then makes it our fucking job to send her any photos we are concerned about.

Guess what, Jenene?

Your site making your readers unsafe is

YOUR

FUCKING

RESPONSIBILITY.

Boganette has also updated her most excellent post on the matter with further shenanigans.

There’s only one reason to care about breast cancer!

And guess what, NZGirl* and others, it’s not because boobs are great!

Boobs are great.

But that’s seriously not the fucking point.

Likewise, I may very well love my partner’s cock, but the reason I will ensure he gets his prostate checked is not because I would miss his cock.**  It’s because cancer is bad and can be fatal and I don’t need to justify my concern or “sell” it to anyone by proclaiming that we should Save Fellatio and Get The Boys Out For The Boys and You Shove A Finger Up There Or I Will!

Scuba Nurse has done a most excellent, hard-hitting, [trigger warning for probably NSFW images and discussion of cancer] post about the realities of breast cancer.

Bet you none of those pics make it onto NZGirl’s page of “pretty titties”.

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For bonus fail, NZGirl’s stunning strategy to stop their pages being hijacked by bullies, stalkers and vengeful exes is a simple “you must agree to our terms and conditions” button.  How quaint.***

For BONUS bonus fail, the terms and conditions likewise notes:

For every 50 completed, qualifying entries of boobs submitted to the nzgirl “Our favourite: Breasts” campaign, nzgirl agrees to donate $1000 to breast cancer research up to a maximum pledge of $5000 (or 250 pairs).

Because when you’re “mobilising” people to “awareness” of breast cancer, you definitely want to assume that everyone’s breasts come in pairs.

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*Truly, never has the notion of referring to grown women as “girls” and pretending it’s playful and fun instead of infantilising been better crystallized for me.

**Or lament cock-related complications from prostate cancer.

***One can only assume no one on the NZGirl staff has ever downloaded or installed any piece of software ever.