This week, ever vigilant “Feminist Twitter” has been abuzz about a black father in Louisville, Kentucky who posted these photos (and caption) of his daughter after he found out that she had broken several of his house rules. The critique and skepticism of this man’s form of discipline have ranged from claiming it was unnecessary and counterproductive in the face of the “real” issues that this girl must have, to calling it slut-shaming and emotionally abusive. The general sentiment seems to be that posting pictures of his daughter online invokes a disciplinary tradition of humiliation that can only be harmful. How I do I feel about it? Well, my personal opinion is that: it ain’t that deep.
I think that what we have here is a 10-year-old girl — an age which falls into that precarious developmental stage between “my concept of reality could still potentially involve imaginary beings” and “I’m so close to tasting the full freedom that is being a teenager, even though I still kind of need an adult to support me in just about every way possible” — who lives in the digital age. Read More