But this new photo isn’t necessarily any cleaner. The post Buzzfeed linked to was an old one, from 2010, and the picture isn’t clearly credited to Alexander or another source, although at the bottom of the page, there’s a copyright notice: “© 2013 TheMommyhood.com. All Rights Reserved.” CJR emailed Alexander to ask if she remembered where the photo came from and if she knew it was being used in the BuzzFeed post.

“Yes, I took the photo,” she wrote back. “No, I did not give permission for anyone to use it, and I didn’t realize it was being used.”

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Sarah Laskow is a writer and editor in New York City. Her work has appeared in print and online in Grist, Good, The American Prospect, Salon, The New Republic, and other publications.