Charity Rolling…You’ve Been CharityRolled

charity rolling

Some of you may have heard of RickRolling:

 

Rickrolling is a bait-and-switch practice that involves providing a web link supposedly relevant to the topic at hand, but actually re-directs the viewer to Rick Astley’s 1987 hit single “Never Gonna Give You Up.” The URL is often masked or obfuscated as a randomly-generated shortlink to conceal its true source from the experienced users. Whenever someone clicks the link and unintentionally summons Rick Astley’s song, he or she is said to have been rickrolled.” – source

 

With the end-of-the-year wrap up, the TIME cover is making lists of conversation starters for 2012. Many of the articles are linking to various posts on this blog.

The normalization of breastfeeding is a cause we will always support. People try to make light of the issue because it is grossly misunderstood in our culture. Many counties in the US are denying adoptions, removing children from homes, and shaming mothers into hiding. Their crime? Breastfeeding a child past infancy. This is all because it is such an unfamiliar concept in the West. When rights are being taken away because of ignorance, we as a society need to stand up and stop it.

That being said, the sensationalism coming from the media’s coverage of the TIME cover definitely served a purpose. Even though it wasn’t something we would have chosen, nor would any of us label our parenting style as “extreme”, the true experts (various biologists and anthropologists) on this topic have been given a national platform to speak freely about the normalcy of various healthy parenting practices. We were coming into this as a second generation “attachment parented” family. We have personal experience that made us happy to share why it works for our family. I feel we have been able to convey this message to receptive people who would have otherwise been unfamiliar with our parenting practices, and because of this I believe we are are not needed anymore in a national discussion.

 

We’ve decided to make the most of the coverage we are currently getting by replacing all content on the linked posts with a Waterlink explanation and a link to Waves for Water to donate to the project. 

 

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Mollie gave the concept a name

 

Why Water?

Water is relevant to all topics, including mothering. We have personally witnessed our friends and loved ones dying in Ethiopia of water related diseases.  It is a human rights issue we all should be outraged about.

So, whether or not people hate or love the persona they have given to the woman on the TIME Magazine cover, they hopefully will care about this issue when they are redirected back to something very time sensitive and a problem that is easily remedied if everyone joined in to do their small part.

While we believe in spreading the news about our water project, we understand others are called to serve in various other ways.

Anyone with pointless link-backs to their blogs- we present you with the idea of CharityRolling:

Pick content for a website/cause/charity you support and paste it into your post in exchange for content another website is linking back to. Whether or not you decide to completely discard your original post or duplicate it elsewhere is up to you.

Let’s use our blogs for good…And admittedly, it is a pretty funny bait-and-switch.

7 comments

  1. “whether…people hate or love the persona they have given to the woman on the TIME Magazine cover…”

    Powerful line. I love the impression I get from your blog that you are completely capable of handling what has been thrown at you; that you are able to keep it all in perspective and will not succumb easily to criticism; and that you have the wherewithall to transform the attention into a force for good. That’s the “persona” I’ll have in mind if I ever happen across the cover again.

  2. I thought I was going to read about some horrible virus… but an 80s hit… well, it’s innocuous enough. I love the idea of sending rubber-neckers toward the cause(s) you support. I have LOTS of thoughts on social rules (including shaving!), and I think the bottom line message here is NOT the Time headline (“are you mom enough?”) but, like you say, the societal shunning of breastfeeding past infancy. I also think most readers don’t know your dedication to charity work. You really do walk the walk.

    Also, and this may not be the right spot, but for whatever it’s worth I feel really safe in this particular online community and I thought I’d share my insignificant contribution regarding the shooting on Friday. Here it is if you’re interested: http://www.quackbaby.com/7/post/2012/12/words-for-no-words.html

    • Thanks Sarah! (I just realized how bad I have been about replying to comments on here)

      Checking your post out after I finish this message to you.

      Tomorrow we are posting a list of resources to help the victim’s families in the Sandy Hook shooting. Addresses for writing letters and places to donate will be included.

      If you want (and this goes for anyone reading) just copy and paste our content to use as your own. I think people are feeling useless or like they are sitting around idly when they want to do something to help. It isn’t going to fix anything, but it hopefully will make us feel our community again. I am still in shock…And China…all those little babies people are wanting to hurt. Senseless.

  3. I am glad you took the time for BOTH photographs and to let the world know that breastfeeding is a normal and bonding think between mother and child. All 4 of mine were fed that way and my wife never hid the fact she did breastfeed. Kudos to you!

  4. Consider it done! Love this idea to insert goodness where before there was just silly gossip stirring information. I would love to link back to the water project you are doing!

    Thank you for being an active roll model for mothers everywhere. I know I look up to you as both a person and mother.

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