The summer is just getting started, but it’s already been an eventful one as far as bathing suit-related news goes. First, there was the horrifying hairy man suit from a couple of weeks ago (the worst suit in the world that I also sort of loved, for reasons that are unclear even to myself!), which was followed by an equally horrifying Donald Trump bathing suit, which, understandably, was followed by the news that the notorious Sports Illustrated “swimsuit edition” would begin to be phasing out swimsuits altogether. Now, on a slightly more discouraging bathing suit note, there is this: Tori Jenkins, a 20-year-old woman in Tennessee, was kicked out of the pool at her apartment complex because her one-piece bathing suit was “too revealing.”
Here is the offending suit–which, it should be noted, is not particularly offensive:
According to a Facebook post that Tori’s fiance, Tyler Newman, made following the event, she was told to leave the pool because “there are a lot of teenage boys in this complex, and [she didn’t] need to excite them.”
…K. Essentially, Tori was told that her presence at a swimming pool was indecent based on the off chance that her being there might cause some teenage boys to, like, become consumed with lust and get an erection in front of their moms, or something.
Sound familiar to you? That’s because it is. This is the same B.S. reasoning that lots of girls face with dress code rules at their school–exhibit A, B, and C right here–when girls are told to go home and change because their shoulders or knees or toes (flip flops were banned at my high school, which maybe isn’t very common?) might “distract” boys from learning. So, aside from the initial sting of seeing a woman being blamed for something she can’t exactly control, it’s discouraging to see that this reductive and archaic type of thinking affects girls and women long after they’ve finished with school.
Still, as much as this sucks–and to be clear, it sucks a whole lot–Tori said that it’s been comforting to see how much support she’s been getting since Tyler posted his Facebook status (though she did also face some additional body shaming), saying, “The ENTIRE POINT of this post is that no man or woman has the right to make me feel uncomfortable in my own skin. No right to police me or any other human.”
We agree! Hopefully, this message will get across to other people–particularly, the people who work on the board at this apartment complex–soon, too.
What do you think of this situation? Do you think she should have been kicked out of the pool? Let us know in the comments!