Should you kiss your children on the lips?
That’s the debate Victoria Beckham unintentionally started when she posted a photo of her and her daughter Harper giving each other a kiss.
“Kisses from mummy,” she wrote for the girl’s 5th birthday, promptly setting off a string of comments that, in various ways, called the photo inappropriate.
“This is disgusting,” one user wrote. Another said that she was brought up by her parents to believe that it was “wrong,” but that everyone has a different opinion.
But is it really that bad? At this point, most of the negativity can only be found if you spend the time digging through the 7,000+ comments. Many people — moms, children, grandparents — read about the controversy and wanted to show their support for Beckham.
“How can people sexualize a woman kissing the baby she gave birth to?” a user asked. Others chimed in saying that they are in their 20s, and still kiss their moms on the lips. One of the most insightful comments read: “Horrible things are happening in the world and people are crying over this?!”
The support didn’t end at the comments. Many moms around the world are posting photos of themselves kissing their kids on the lips, too.
Beckham is only the latest victim of the Internet’s mommy-shamers. Reality star Kristin Cavallari recently caught some flack for a photo she shared on Instagram that prompted several “your kids are too thin” comments.
Cavallari shot back with, “Yep, I starve my children,” adding that she blocked all the negative commenters. Supermodel and super-mom Chrissy Teigen also jumped to her defense (and the defense of all parents, really).
The verdict? These moms were just showing off how much they love their kids! We and the millions of moms on the Internet look forward to more of these sweet moments.