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Who On Earth Thought Selling A 'Daddy's Little Slut' Children's T-Shirt Was A Good Idea?

Targeting a very small niche of bad parents there with this product.

Wearing a T-shirt with a funny caption is something that’s harmless and entertaining for both the wearer and onlookers. Having said that, there is a line where the caption stops becoming funny and it seems like we’ve tripped on it with the existence of “Daddy’s little slut” T-shirts.

Now the caption itself isn’t that bad per se and is certainly not the worst thing to stamp on a T-shirt, but it becomes exceedingly problematic when said T-shirt is for children.

You see, an online children’s apparel retailer called OnlyBabyCare thought it was a good idea to sell a kid’s T-shirt with the phrase “Daddy’s little slut” printed on it in big letters.

The shirt was originally sold on Amazon before the company realised that selling a “Daddy’s little slut” kid’s T-shirt isn’t a good look and promptly took it down. Not saying that correlation equals causation in every single instance but the negative buzz generated online by this T-shirt might have had something to do with Amazon’s swift move.

When asked for a comment about the shirt, an Amazon spokesperson told TMZ, “All sellers must follow our selling guidelines and those who do not will be subject to action including potential removal of their account. The product in question is no longer available”.

For what it’s worth, the product description of the “Daddy’s little slut” shirt (before Amazon took it down) sounded pretty promising as it was touted as being “suitable” for a number of jolly occasions like playing outside, birthday party, baby shower, baptism, wedding, baby photography, daily wear, family day”.

Suitable probably isn’t the right word for those situations but sure.

At least you can’t accuse the seller of being sexist as the shirt was unisex and is suitable for “little girls and boys”. Not sure that’s the issue here but look, good on them for being inclusive.

At least some sort of effort was made.

Not entirely sure where this shirt exactly started but I’m going to randomly point the (completely unsubstantiated) finger at ridiculously overbearing father, T.I., for the existence of this ‘Daddy’s little slut” shirt.

Catfishing On A Dating App Could Earn You A Sexual Assault Charge

Turns out lying is a bad thing.

Finding “the one” on dating apps is a tough proposition these days. Not only is there a big pool of people you need to swipe through and match with first, there’s also the problem with unsavoury folk who are on those apps for the sole purpose of catfishing others.

Well good news to all you single people out there! There could be some serious consequences on the horizon for those who get off on catfishing.

According to proposed changes to consent laws by the NSW Law Reform Commission (via news.com.au), people who catfish others on dating apps or straight up lies about themselves in order to get laid could be slapped with sexual assault charges on top of the fraud charges they’ll cop.

The proposed change states that consent is invalidated when a person has sex with someone but is mistaken about their identity, the “nature of the sexual activity,” the “purpose of the sexual activity”, or is “fraudulently induced to participate in the sexual activity”.

So in other words:

In addition to the heavier consequences for catfishing, the proposed law changes also tightened up definitions of consent and included a non-exhaustive list of circumstances in which a person doesn’t consent to sexual activity, such as:

  • does not do or say anything to communicate consent
  • does not have the capacity to consent
  • is so affected by alcohol or another drug as to be incapable of consenting
  • is asleep or unconscious
  • is coerced, blackmailed intimidated or unlawfully detained

While these proposed changes drew in mixed reactions from the likes of the Australian Lawyers Alliance and the Feminist Legal Clinic, there’s still a ways to go before these Law Reform Commission’s proposals become law so there could still be more changes to come.

It remains to be seen what will ultimately happen but it’s hard to argue against new laws that’ll weed out all the catfishing fraudsters on dating apps, as well as the tighter definitions of consent. Besides, lying isn’t a solid foundation to start any kind of relationship anyway.

You're Not Paranoid, Nearly Every Internet User Is Currently Being Watched

Time to burn everything and get off the grid.

It’s been a bit of a long running gag among internet users that everything you do online and on social media is being monitored by some creepy, Orwellian program inappropriately wielded by our government. It’s a terrifying thought but one we brush off because, well, that’s just insane.

But is it?

According to a report from “independent watchdog organisation” Freedom House, titled ‘2019 Freedom on the Net‘, apparently 40 of 65 countries it studied has implemented some form of “advanced social media surveillance programs” and their use is accelerating at an alarming rate.

Everywhere.

But perhaps the most terrifying finding in the report is the number of internet users currently being monitored right now as we speak. Of the billions of internet users around the world, “89 percent” or “nearly 3 billion” people fall under some 1984-esque surveillance program.

Yes, you should be terrified because that means anything you post or tweet on social media is likely being monitored by your government.

Freedom House’s report covered more than just governments watching your internet habits and most of it doesn’t bode well for this whole freedom thing.

The report states that digital election interference is a very serious issue happening right now, particularly in authoritarian countries that like wielding a big censorship hammer, such as Russia and China. The U.S. in particular has been highlighted as a country that’s seen its “freedom score” drop dramatically ever since Combover Caligula became the U.S. Cheeto-in-Chief.

And you’d be correct!

Not only do the methods employed to monitor internet users sound like something ripped out of a sci-fi movie – Iran as a 42,000-strong army of volunteers who monitor online speech, China has a similar system and a surveillance program that monitors over 200 million people – what governments are doing with all this data collected is downright spine-chilling.

The report states that 47 of the 65 countries studied “featured arrests of users for political, social, or religious speech” and even supposed “free” countries like the UK and U.S. monitored activists and those folks who opposed each respective government’s policies.

So all those jokes about being watched? Yeah, your suspicions were mostly correct after all.

There’s a silver lining to all of this though: Australia is faring pretty well on most fronts when it comes to freedom of speech and the whole surveillance thing as there’s no monitoring system of any sort in our country, but there are worrying signs that things could go awry if we don’t stay vigilant.

The entire report is a lengthy 29 pages and will likely send you into a bit of a funk, but it is a must-read in order to understand what is going on with internet surveillance right now. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go burn every electronic device I own before getting off the grid.

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