Perhaps it’s because the site is aimed at teenagers, and they are asking teenagers to show their breasts to everyone.
Or perhaps it is because they are saying some breasts are better than others – when breast cancer folks are very careful to avoid that <update – this was reported by 3News, but @jenene says it is not at all true><update 2: Actually it is true – there is a Facebook Like button next to each pair.
Here, pointed out by @boganetteNZ, is what happened to some of those pictures:
Or perhaps it is because it’s such a naked attempt to get publicity for a site that is dead in the water due to Facebook.
Or perhaps it’s just bad <database/server> design.
It certainly is lousy website <infrastructure> design – the site has been offline, apparently, for much of today.
Whatever it is – any reputation NZGirl had is now toast.
As a reminder:
- Parents – don’t let your kids go there. It may be named ‘girl’ but NZGirl is aimed at older folks. It’s not safe.
- Those over 16 – don’t ever place pictures of yourself naked online, and don’t even take them in the first place. Your current friends and colleagues will see them, as will your future employers, boyfriends, children. Data always escapes.
- NZGirl – fess up that it was a dumb idea, take the promotion down and pay $10,00 to the cause immediately. You’ve had your publicity now stop the damage.
Check out the Dr K Breast Checker (from Lingopal) to help you check your breasts regularly. No photos required.
Also check out the Susan G Komen website for good information on the issue of breast cancer.
And this article in Salon talks about selling breasts for cancer
<update. Some tweets
It’s hard to answer this without sounding like a fusty curmudgeon.
Kate may or may not be a victim – that depends on exactly what she uploaded and what else is already out there. However feeling like a victim is not an essential element of being one.
To that point, I really hope this is not true yet.
Oh heck – it actually is:
@wandaharland raises a good point here:
My take is that they thought it was a clever idea but never really considered the implications, or tested it with enough people outside the NZGirl RDF. It was perhaps driven by both business and a passion for the cause, but not, as very little actually is, deliberately evil.
I’ve called out a lot of businesses and websites here and elsewhere. The responses range from defensiveness, to aggression, to heavy internal discussions but nothing public (but a quiet word a year or two later) to (my favorite response) a phone call, decent conversation and thanks for pointing out an issue.
This one is tough for NZGirl as the mainstream press picked it up first, and stances have been set, and yes – I came out angry and swinging. I still believe the right thing to do is make a splash of paying some money to the cause and exit stage left.>