On 8 September 2014, the website Stuppid.com posted an article about a woman named Vertasha Carter, her mother Mary, and their supposed unusual lesbian relationship.
Predictably, the article about Vertasha and Mary quickly went viral, as incest remains a large societal taboo, with few people openly engaging in relationships with their relatives.
Furthermore, the “quotes” included in the article provided salacious details, including a backstory of underage attraction and an open discussion of sexual activity:
“Vertasha and I knew we were attracted to each other when she was sixteen,” Mary Carter said.
“But we decided to wait to have sex until she was eighteen, legally of age. We are now going public with our relationship to help others who might be in gay mother/daughter relationship feel confident and okay about coming out. We want the world to know we love each other as mother and daughter andromantically.”
Laws forbid incest mostly because of inbreeding and the birth defects that can often come as a consequence.
“We’re women, so Vertasha and I obviously can’t make children,” Mary Carter said.
“It’d be one thing if her daddy (he’s out of the picture) got her pregnant and a baby was born with deformities, but we’re not hurting anyone. We’re a new minority and just want acceptance.”
Vertasha is apparently happy with the relationship as well.
“My mom is still my mom. She does normal mom stuff: buys me clothes, pays for food, tells me to make our bed. We just happen to enjoy sex with each other too.”
Almost immediately after the article began to circulate on social sites, questions were raised about its veracity.
For one, the original site did not link back to any other sources from which the quotes might have originated, nor did any traces of Vertasha Carter or her mother exist on the internet before the page appeared.