As some of you may know, I was recently the subject of several articles on parenting websites, which were published and shared without my knowledge or consent, in which photographs of my son and I appeared, and which quoted considerable sections of this blog post, which I wrote on the topic of extended breastfeeding. The articles had been re-written by journalists who had presumably been paid to effectively use my name (which I do not use on my blog), images and words to increase clicks to their websites, without my permission. Needless to say, I was not happy about this, and therefore I have decided to issue the following press release, which is brought to you in conjunction with The Sun newspaper (they pay for your stories, apparently).
“Small-time mummy blogger Min from Single Mum Speaks has hit out at journalists, calling them “vile, privacy-invading, plagiarising scum,” The Sun can exclusively reveal today.
Min was furious to discover on Thursday morning, just after her three year old son rolled off her previously pert knockers for the final time that morning after breastfeeding most of the previous night that a well-known parenting website had published pictures of her flashing her curves in a tight-fitting American Apparel (RIP American Apparel) dress whilst cuddling her adorable tot Piglet, who turns three on Sunday, taken directly from her Instagram account without asking, in a piece about breastfeeding toddlers where they presented her as a spokesperson for so-called “extended” breastfeeding, which means breastfeeding for longer than a few days.
Min blasted journos for quoting sections of a blog post she had written about breastfeeding and compared her situation to the phone hacking scandal, saying “I can’t believe these people are being paid to rehash work that I did, without paying me a penny. It’s a disgrace and I won’t stand for it. If I wanted to write a clickbait tabloid shockfest about breastfeeding a toddler, I’d do it myself. And I’d go on This Morning and rant about it to Holly and Phil, except that I probably couldn’t get the time off work because I’m a teacher and need to maintain my anonymity.”
Sultry brunette Min continued, “these people should be SNUBBED by the journalistic standards authority for bringing shame on the profession. If there’s an article about me on the internet, I want to know about it in advance so that I can defend myself against the trolls that could end up targeting me and my family, whilst these journos get away with sensationalising my life without my say-so.”
Journalists at the Sun were quick to defend their profession, saying that “Here at the Sun, we pay for your stories. We would also like to extend an offer to Min to breastfeed her toddler on page three.”
Meanwhile, at the Mail Online, columnist Katie Hopkins branded Min “disgusting,” called her a member of the “Breastapo” and said that she should be sterilised.
Min, who claims to read the Guardian “frequently,” added that she doesn’t hate all journalists, and hailed left-wing broadsheet feminazis Caitlin Moran and Hadley Freeman, saying they were “welcome to write about (her) anytime.”
To conclude, I would like to extend my thanks to the Sun, for allowing me to put my point across in such a tabloid-friendly manner, and for at least paying for stories, and issue a word of warning to my fellow bloggers. Our work is our work. It may be in the public domain, but we choose what, when and where to share our content, and draw our own boundaries. Sharing our stories without our consent, like sharing long-lens paparazzi shots of celebrities on holiday, is unacceptable. I urge you all to think before you click.