Published on July 21, 2012 by Maria
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I’m about to give a Facebook Page WAY MORE credit than it’s worth here! You’ve probably heard of it…
Overly Sensitive Military Wives (OSMW)
But WAIT before you all rush off to check out what this page is all about, I suggest you read my full post FIRST!
I was first introduced to this page several weeks ago by a fellow M.S and I was immediately horrified at their awful sense of humor. Maybe it’s because I too am an OSMW, or perhaps maybe it’s because I have compassion, empathy, a heart and I see how this is a joke gone WAY too far!
Basically OSMW is a page dedicated to stereotypes revolving around military wives. Whether you’re overweight, slim, work, don’t work, have kids, or don’t have kids, there is a stereotype to fit every female spouse in the military. However, they particularly target the overweight military spouse stereotype. Doesn’t sound like too much harm right?
Well yeah I thought the same thing, I even laughed at a few posts seeing a part of the “old me” in them! But that wasn’t until I saw some of the comments left under their posts from their followers. How about we cut straight to the punch and I’ll give you an example…
Maybe that wasn’t in bad taste ENOUGH! Perhaps a more graphic post will help you understand how this a “joke” gone way too far…
After showing you these photos I don’t even feel like I need to elaborate much more on this subject…but in case you didn’t notice then read some of the comments posted by their followers. It’s clearly become an open space for coward’s bullies to sit behind the safety of their computers and revel in their wicked, cruel and mean behavior.
How the creators of this page can feel comfortable at what they are CLEARLY encouraging is beyond my understanding! I’ve heard it is in fact run by fellow M.S. So I can only imagine that they are cold-hearted bullies like the followers they attract. As far as I’m aware they do very little to moderate their page, only reminding followers not to make fun of children
But you know that’s not even the worst part! They ENCOURAGE their followers to post real life photos of military spouse fitting the stereotype. For example the other week, one girl posted a photo of an overweight military spouse standing in line at the PX. She said she wanted to puke looking at her. I am beyond appalled to think this is what people do in their spare time, and do they not realize they are “playing with fire”? …
What if that exact spouse who was standing in line at the PX decided to visit OSMW that evening, and she was to find her picture posted on the wall of this public page. How humiliating and degrading is THAT!? … And believe me it’s not the first time that I’ve heard a spouse has seen her own photo posted on the wall! But imagine this, what if this spouse was having a really bad day, perhaps they just lost their husband in combat, and they then come to find their photo was captured and posted on this page the same day – that could be the one thing to “top” of her day, perhaps leading her to do something she might later regret. Is that the kind of thing OSMW want to be responsible for?
To be perfectly honest I’m surprised that OSMW hasn’t been completely shut down by some higher authority in the military. Clearly the moderators of Facebook don’t care, but I would like to think someone does. A large part of me feels like reporting them myself! ESPECIALLY when the comments I read on their posts every day certainly strike an “Overly Sensitive” feeling inside of me that relate back to the same feelings when I was bullied. I can’t help but feel this page is nothing but advocating a playground for “Cyber Bullies” – THAT makes me want to puke all over my screen!
Do you feel that this page is a joke gone too far? Share your opinions in the comment section below!