We don’t know about you but it takes a lot of courage and confidence to go to a public swimming pool and wear a slayin’ swimsuit — But despite all the movements for body acceptance and body positivity, there are still people who like raining on your parade, like the people who told this woman to cover up because she was wearing an “inappropriate swimsuit.”
A woman in Knoxville, Tenessee was reportedly told to cover up herself because her swimsuit was “inappropriate.”
Tori Jenkins and fiancée Tyler Newman were looking forward to swimming at the Smoky Crossings apartment complex pool, which had a rule against “inappropriate attires.”
In the regular, non-sexualizing world, inappropriate pool attires meant no jeans, no cotton fabric, no metals that could affect the condition of a chlorine-filled pool.
In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Tyler Jenkins recounted the moment Tyler Newman was called out for wearing a “thong bathing suit.”
“I have never really witnessed sexual harassment and/or “rape culture” until today with Smoky Crossing Apartments,” he wrote. “Today my fiancée was faced with either changing her bathing suit, covering up with shorts, or leaving the pool that we paid a $300 fee to maintain on top of a monthly rent of nearly $1000 (not including utilities and wifi). Tori was accused of wearing a “thong bathing suit” and told there were complaints about the way she was dressed after roughly 3 minutes tops, of us arriving there.”
The couple decided to go to the leasing consultant’s office to settle the situation but instead, she got body-shamed further by the consultant, who was a woman.
“She was told [by the leasing consultant]that her body, because it’s built more curvy than others, is ‘too inappropriate’ for children to be around,” he wrote.
The consultant didn’t stop there, though – she told Jenkins that she wouldn’t want her children around her.
“There are a lot of teenage boys in this complex, and you don’t need to excite them,” the consultant reportedly said.
Newman concluded, “MY POINT: My fiancée being told she should cover up on a 90 degree day in our own apartment pool because she will “excite teenage boys” is bullshit. I will not stand for this.”
“My fiancée should be able to wear a bathing suit without being sexualized and demeaned,” he added. “She shouldn’t feel violated. I will make a live video of my personal opinion and reasons why this is unnecessary soon.”