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Mom Posts Photo of Baby with a "Pierced" Cheek and Causes Outrage

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Enedina Vance knows how to make a point. The mother of a baby girl had been an outspoken critic of ear piercings on babies, but didn't hear from many who were in agreement with her.


Other mothers weren't understanding or listening to her viewpoint until she decided to really hammer home it home.

Her effort to shock was indeed a success when she strategically took a photo of her beautiful baby girl and edited it to add a piercing in her cheek in her natural dimple. She posted it to Facebook with a fake explanation, basically stating as the mother of the child, she had the right to do what she pleased with baby, as you can read on read the full story here.

A Photo is Worth A Thousand Words

Her Facebook post was quickly shared 13,000 times around the world that day and along with it, expressions of outrage, disgust and name calling. It was much more than the reaction she might have been looking for - including threats to call Child Protective Services and even death threats!

But her point was made. Even though she was being sarcastic, people could not deal with the fact that she, as they thought, had pierced her baby's cheek.

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Her point is a valid one. I don't take a solid stance either way on the issue, however i do tend to think that babies are too young. I didn't pierce my own daughter's ears until she was about 5, which in hindsight, might still be too young, but I also don't judge the moms who pierce their babies ears.

We might hear that this mom's comparison is just not fair - apples to oranges - because you can't compare ones ears to one's cheeks. Ears are cartilage and cheeks are flesh.

That's true.

However, wouldn't the outrage have been the same had the mom photo shopped an earring into the nose of her baby? A nose, also cartilage, would have sparked the same reaction, I am thinking.

I do think we live in a society wherein earrings on babies seem to be considered fairly normal, but is this practice a good one? I can't really think of why it would ever be considered good for the baby.

The stay-at-home mom, Enedina Vance, is also anti-circumcision. What are your thoughts on circumcision and piercings? Is it barbaric as she believes? Let us know in the comments section.

Photo Source: Enedina Vance Facebook page.



Circumcision is something that God said in the Old Testament. Although Christians do not circumcise their children and there are good Biblical reasons for that. Barbaric is when you sin and thus hurt your own self. Regarding piercing. We do have this command in 1 Peter 3:3–4: “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”