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The June 29 Telegram should not have published the portrait photograph advertisement on page A3 by Sara Rostotski.

Why not?

The photograph shows a young girl, maybe four years old, in an alluring, suggestive, provocative pose.

Her sleeveless arms are raised behind her head, her long hair dangles unkempt around her face and shoulders, and her dress bodice is slightly shirred to indicate a modest bosom.  

Her face is not happy.

I have admired many adorable child portrait photographs shown by Sara Rostotski. In contrast, this one should not have been made available to the eyes of the public.


Tonya Bassler

St. John’s

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  • Local
    July 09, 2013 - 22:18

    You must be kidding! I just went and searched Sara's Facebook page to view the photo... How you would even come up with anything in your letter is beyond me! YOU ARE THE INAPPROPRIATE ONE for even coming up with this?! I'm literally astounded how one would see this as remotely inappropriate. It is an amazing shot of a beautiful child. My goodness. Get your head out of whatever sick, perverted gutter it is in.

  • Gander D
    July 09, 2013 - 07:22

    Disneyland, hollywoodland and honeyboobooification. It is not for the newspapers to decide. The advertiser is ok with, so are parents. Pluck out thine eyes? You are sick, seeing innocence as provocation and youth as alluring; you could take over for Vic Toews as our Federal projector of dirty old man mentality on everyone. If you have not dated your babysitter, then all the more credibility for you. Yes, this is child pornography to people who do not watch Toddlers and Tiaras but what can you do but look away, raise concern and hope that law enforcement finally discover that the crowd in Dover are not evil and isolated, but inspired by our societal objectification, as this prominent photographer seems to be.