Warning: this post contains content some readers may find disturbing.
If you’re over 25 and don’t have a teenager sister, you may not have heard of secret Facebook group ‘Bad Girls Advice’. It’s kind of like the modern day Dolly Doctor, but not so private. Women from around the country sign up to seek advice about some of their most personal dilemmas.
What was once a question you’d only dream of asking your best friend and then never, ever ask it, is now common internet fodder. Topics range from what to buy their partner for Christmas to ‘my boyfriend wants me to pee on him, should I?’
While the page offers users the option of anonymity, many ignore this, using their real name connected to their personal Facebook profile to share their questions for the world to see.
Earlier this year Facebook was forced to step in and shut down the page after a post condoning bestiality was approved by administrators. Users were disgusted after a woman admitted to engaging in bestiality with her dog. Rather than removing the post, members were allegedly accused of ‘shaming’ the woman and breaking the golden rule of ‘scrolling on’ if they didn’t agree with something.
Despite shutting the page down, Facebook failed to quash the power of the Bad Girls Advice community. The secret group popped up just days later, minus its 200,000 strong army. In the months since, it’s managed to claw its numbers back to 50,000.
So what exactly is the appeal of this page? While many admit to having a laugh at the page’s content, some of the members are fiercely loyal. It appears social media has changed many users’ perceptions of decency, providing millennials with an anything goes mentality. From posting risqué photos on Instagram to gain cheap likes, to sharing sexually explicit questions, the YOLO youth of today seem to be hitting send without fully understanding the gravity of what they’re sharing.
This ideology has been evident amongst the Bad Girl Advice community, with the page plagued by scandal since it began. Earlier this year it was in hot water after a woman shared pictures of her boyfriend’s genitals to the group.