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By well okay then - / Monday 10 September 2012 04:39 / United States
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Since about the 1980s, sensationalist media has made North Americans afraid of sexual predators around every corner, which has resulted in some ridiculous situations. For example, there is a strong tendency now for people to assume that any man who works or spends time with children is either gay (for doing something womanly like childcare), or a pedophile, or both--this is ridiculous! Attitudes like the OP encountered are exactly the problem. In this case, fear was so strong that this idiot mom thought that the OP--herself a young girl--was a sexual predator! Stand up against fear, people.

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@5: Can you GUARANTEE that there are NONE? Not everyone is a pedophile, but pedophiles exist in every occupation, and every parental role. Have an unhealthy fear? No, but always be vigilant.

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There isn't even a nice way out of those situations. But I love kids... She's so pretty, it was a compliment to both of you.. I just wanted to cheer her up.. All things moms take offense to. That was nice of you though! (:

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Yea some people are completely paranoid and dirty minded. Now a days you can't compliment people without them thinking you are trying to hit on them, you like them, or you're being a complete pervert. At least OP tried.

Wow, how disrespectful of the mum to talk to you that way. Even if you were a male, that's still no way to talk. She should've just smiled and kept her thoughts to herself.

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25 - Not at all! What I meant was /even/ if OPs a male (which they isn't, by the way.) the mother shouldn't talk to them that way, whatever gender. They meant no harm, but I guess the mother was kinda over protective...in a rude way. And since when was asking someone "Are you a princess?" wrong? It doesn't sound wrong to me, I think it's sweet they're complimenting her out of nowhere. At least I think the child felt happy.

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#37 exactly! One day I wanted to give a friend and extra boost of happiness, and said, " Are you Cinderella? ... Because you look like a princes... " and also, " Are you Belle? Because you sure are a beauty ;) " it made her laugh(: hehe. HAHA, you know what would be funny? If OP said to the little girl, " Are you beauty? *glares at mother* because your mother is a beast." Oh gosh. >:D

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No, princess is usually a term of endearment in such a situation to make children (usually girls) feel better about themselves and know that they're loved.

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