A overwrought woman was told she had to get out of a public pool because of her body, and the way her swimsuit would, according to them, ‘excite teen boys’.
Tori Jenkins, who was swimming in a pool at her apartment in Knoxville, Tennessee, was asked to pose in her swimsuit for a photo, so that she could be used as an example of how ‘inappropriate’ she was dressed.
‘I’d just like to say on my own behalf that I’m really amazed by all of the overwhelming support I’ve received,’ Jenkins posted in her Facebook page, after she saw that her story had the support of 18,000 likes.
‘Thank you all, you really don’t know how much it means to me. It hasn’t even been that long since it happened but I can tell you that I’ve felt really sh***y about myself since. Being distracted by friends and work and your wonderful comments have made this process a whole lot easier. ‘
Jenkins had been using the pool at the Smoky Cross Apartments with five of her friends and her fiance for just about three minutes when the leasing consultant came out to talk to her, saying her ‘thong bathing suit’ was inappropriate because she was in a ‘family environment’.
The consultant then told Jenkins to go to her office, and there she told her to look in a large mirror so she could see the problem herself.
‘I know what I look like, I bought this myself, it’s not a thong,’ Jenkins shot back.
According to Jenkins, the consultant told her the swimsuit was not acceptable because it would ‘excite’ teenage boys, and accused her of not knowing what she was doing since she didn’t have any children herself.
According to reports, the consultant said:
‘There are a lot of teenage boys in this complex, you don’t need to excite them.’
Oh please! Does she even know what teenage boys do all day, everyday? Teenage boys will be ‘excited’ by a gust of wind in the right spot, this consultant is way out of line. It’s not this woman’s job to legislate morality on the spot.
The consultant then said Jenkins was larger than other women, and so she needed to wear something that ‘covers the whole butt’.
Jenkins felt forced to say her butt was indeed ‘larger’, which explained why her bathing suit – which she bought from Forever 21 – may have appeared as a thong while she walked. The couple pay $300 fee, in addition to their monthly rent of almost $1,000, to maintain the pool in the apartment, Newman notes in his viral post.
‘I have never really witnessed sexual harassment and/or rape culture’ until today,’ he added. ‘I’ve never seen my fiancée embarrassed to the point where she can’t even look her best friends in the face. ‘I’ve never seen her cry like she did in our apartment today. Never seen her want to be isolated like that. ‘All because some ignorant a**holes think they can police the size and shape of her body.’
Many on social media expressed their outrage at how Jenkins was treated and encouraged her to appreciate her body despite the consultant’s critique.
Tara Mash said: ‘You look amazing! I’m so sorry people can be such a-holes! You didn’t deserve anything that happened to you that day.
‘I hope you won’t let that awful woman’s words change the way you view yourself or your body. Hugs to you!!’
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