Some pissed-off mother writes:
You should be ashamed of yourself. I asked my son who is six to clean up his room and he said shut up and make me a meatloaf bitch. When I asked him where he heard such inappropriate talk he named your site which he told me he found from a link at the World of Warcraft message board. You obviously have no respect for women or others in general and to advertise your filth at a mesage board for a game that children play is iresponsible and outright evil. Thanks to you, my son now thinks it's funny to insult women and treat them as second class citisens. I hope you're happy.
Well, for starters, I do agree that my web site is in no way, shape, or form, appropriate for audiences of all ages. There are many things I say that could improperly influence the minds of young readers. Likewise, many things I say could be taken out of context or could be taken entirely too seriously by people too young to know any better. My site is intended for the entertainment of those with enough maturity or sense to know what not to take too seriously. And while we're on the subject, if anything I say seems outrageous, that's probably a good clue not to take it seriously.
Having said that, I also agree that it is unfortunate to have a six-year-old talking back to and insulting his mother, who is usually the most important and influential authority figure in any child's life. When such things do occur, I can understand and appreciate your concern as a parent for the moral upbringing of your child. I also agree that in such situations, it is necessary to examine the situation, decide where fault lies, and alter behaviors so that such situations can be avoided in the future.
So first, let's take an honest look at what I did and see if I have done something wrong.
1. I host and write for a web site containing content that is inappropriate for young children.
2. I posted on an internet forum for the computer game World of Warcraft, which is rated T (for Teen). I included a link to my site in my signature for postings on said forum, where people playing a game rated T could see and click on the link.
Hmm, doesn't really seem like I did anything wrong. Well, there must be someone we can blame for this, so let's look at the only other person whose actions could have led to this unfortunate situation, you.
1. You deliberately ignored a computer game's rating, allowing your six-year-old child to play a game that is, by its own admission, inappropriate for young children.
2. You failed to monitor the internet activity of your six-year-old child, leading to his reading of a web site that is, by its own admission, inappropriate for young children.
3. You absolved yourself of any responsibility for the protection and well-being of your six-year-old child when such neglect led to his seeing and repeating something we both agree is not appropriate for a reader of his age.
4. You tried to pass blame onto me, a third party in no way responsible for your child's welfare, and guilt me into changing my actions, although I have, in all fairness, not done anything wrong.
5. While admittedly this is just an inference on my part, it seems as though this email is in some way intended to get me to change my actions, whether it be the content of my site or the sharing of my site with appropriate-age audiences, thus trying to pass responsibility onto me for the future protection of your child, and of other children whose parents exhibit the same neglect.
Hmm. I'll be damned. As it turns out, I'm not irresponsible and evil after all. You're just an irresponsible, shitty parent. Now shut up and make me a meatloaf bitch.
P.S. I in no way, shape, or form, insult women or treat them as second-class citizens. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go get my fiance a clean water dish.