With the internet growing bigger and bigger everyday. And Big Brother seem to be more and more intrusive, our privacy seems to diminish. I started to wonder of how much do I allow myself to be expose?
With Original Things, I do post pictures of what I am made or working, and when and where my sales are. If I don’t do that, then I don’t make a sale. That is common sense. That I understand.
And yes, I have posted a few personal details of my life in this blog. But how much do I open myself up to the world while still retaining my privacy?
My boyfriend forbid me to show pictures of his children on this site or any other site. I can show pictures of what I made for them, but that is about it. If I do post pictures of children, I admitted, I lied about them. I lied about their age, where they lived, everything. Even when I post about my friends, I always posted their first initial.
However several of the artists had told me I need to expose myself even more in order to make my business work. And that is what is perplexes me. How much can I expose myself without getting into trouble?
Many years ago, Geraldo Rivera exposed child sex ring where the molesters would post pornographic pictures of their victims, children on the internet to share. He basically said that it was going to haunt the victims in years to come. A perfect example, he gave was if one of them was going to run for office, someone can easily google his name and boom, there are the pictures. His career and life is over before it even began.
That has stuck with me ever since. I am DEFINATELY NOT a child molester or any other monster like that. However I am born with a condition called achondroplasia dwarfism, which means I am a little person or midget. By the way, I freaking HATE that word midget. I had a MySpace page where I did actually posted a picture of myself and holy catfish, I had several offers of men wanting to have sex with me. Not because I was pretty, or kind or I make the best fudge. It was because they all had a midget sex fantasy. Seriously I don’t get that fetish.
Several month ago, a group of teenage girls wanted a selfie with me, and take a big guess why? Yup, because I am little person. To be honest, I was very grateful that my boyfriend wasn’t there with me because trust me, he would have chewed them out.
Which is why I am extremely hesitated of showing my face online. I rather have my work speak for itself. Does it really matter that I am short, that I have dark hair or blonde. Or my eyes are brown or blue?
Nevertheless I am still perplexed by the question of exposure.