What is appropriate?

Another blog post circulating on my Facebook is titled FYI (if you're a teenage girl).  I really liked this post and if you haven't read it, I encourage you to read it before finishing this post.

The author's post is directed at teenage girls who choose to post inappropriate things on their social media accounts. The author has 3 sons and 1daughter and monitors their social media.

The article got a huge response. It went viral and subsequently the author changed the original post. Originally the post included shots of her sons and daughter on the beach in their board shorts. I read the post when the beach photos were included. Many commenters were appalled that the author thought it was okay for her sons to be seen online without shirts, but girls had to be wary of the shots they posted online. For me, those readers missed the mark between appropriate and inappropriate pictures. Teenagers in bathing suits posing non-provocatively on the beach is APPROPRIATE. Teenagers in lingerie posing in a sultry way in their bedrooms is NOT APPROPRIATE.

I have read MANY of the comments on this post and it definitely has me thinking. I am not sure how I will treat my sons' friends who post inappropriate shots (whether it be the pose, the clothes or the drink of choice in their hand), but I do know I will be monitoring my own sons' posts for their content.

Hugh and I had a great chat about this topic - I hope it spurs a conversation with you and yours.

Happy Tuesday!


  1. http://www.rageagainsttheminivan.com/2013/09/on-respect-responsibility-and-mrs-halls.html?m=1

    An interesting perspective, might spur
    more discussion.

  2. Thanks for the link. I liked that one too!

  3. Personally, the article made me irate. I read the original post. Although teenage boys in trunks doesn't interest me in the slightest, I work with teenage girls and they drool over that kind of thing: six-packs, trunks slung low below the tan line, muscles flexed. You wouldn't believe the crude remarks girls make about boys who walk around half naked at the pool. So even though, yes, girls should not be posting provocative poses, Mrs. Hall's boys are just as provocative to those girls -- she should not be so naive.

    And the whole tone of the article was not my cup of tea. "No second chances"? Come on, what teenager (or adult for that matter) doesn't post something they haven't fully thought through?

    Definitely liked Anonymous #1s article posted above.


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