The 10 worst memes of 2012
7) The “12-year-old sluts memes” Facebook page
I don’t even have to explain why this Facebook group is on this list.
The page, created by two individuals named James and Dom in August 2012, aims at publicly shaming teenage girls who show signs of promiscuity.
“Our intent in building this Facebook page was to bring to light the fact that many young girls under the age of consent are sexualising themselves in provocative photographs that they themselves post on their own Facebook pages to be seen by the world,” they wrote in October 2012.
“Yes, we may have used language and content (publicly available content) that shocked many, that being said though; we did at least bring widespread attention to the issue.”
How noble of these two. Even sadder than this page’s existence is the fact that it has more than 212,000 Facebook likes.
Equally sad: A petition with close to 5,000 signatures asking that Facebook take down the page resulted in the social network adding a “Controversial Humor” tag to the title instead of, you know, taking it down.