As much as we love social media, it has proved over the years that it can be a hostile place where hatred and violence could easily fester and spread. We’re quite aware that all of us have different mentalities when it comes to what is perceived as right or wrong, but some things are just unnecessarily vile and disturbing and better left unsaid; even for the worst of us on Facebook.
Facebook user, Sarah Kamel, noticed some comments on photos of children in costumes at a school event and had to call them out. The female children were wearing cropped tops, pants with front slits and innocently dancing with boys. We completely understand that some parents are worried about children and skin reveal. Some fear of the constant pedophilia stories we hear about, others might consider it haram (forbidden) or unconservative. Whatever your reason is, spreading hate and vulgarity that’s directed towards the children whose faces are showing in these public photos is not okay. Not one bit.
The comments spreading on social media are extremely disturbing. From judging parents who are slut-shaming the kids, to sexualizing the outfits that are worn by them, using religious a7adeth (sayings) that condemn girls and boys having fun at school together and calling the little girl ‘khebra‘ (which literally translates to ‘experienced’ but means something much worse) and more. The comments are truly painful to read. The sad part is that there is nothing you can write that will change these people’s minds or even enlighten them somehow.
If you want to condemn anyone with different morals than yours on social media and get your preach on, be our annoying guests, but children are off limits. Not everything is about sex. You don’t want your kid to dress like that, that’s fine, but don’t judge those who think that their kid will not grow to be a ‘mon7arefa’ (deviant) or ‘khebra’ because of something they wore at the age of 5.