Woman told to leave pool because of "inappropriate" bathing suit
Tori Jenkins and her fiancé Tyler Newman live in Tennessee in an apartment complex that has a pool on the roof terrace for all residents. The couple were looking forward to spending a hot summer day with friends enjoying the cool water. But their fun lasted only a few minutes before Tori was told to leave — because of her bathing suit. In a Facebook post, her partner explained what his fiancée had to go through:
"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. We both kind of sat there in disbelief around five of our friends, some of which are residents and some not. So, Tori decided to go to the apartment office, which I regret not accompanying her on, and address the issue politely and calmly with the leasing consultant about the situation in a more private setting. In the office, the leasing consultant (who, for now, I will not name) insisted upon letting Tori take her picture to show 'how inappropriate' her bathing suit was, and instructed her to look into a mirror at her own body..."
"She was told I wasn't allowed to spray tanning lotion on parts of her body that she can't reach because the consultant insisted that she could reach them herself. She was told that her body, because it's built more curvy than others is 'too inappropriate' for children to be around. She was told 'there are a lot of teenage boys in this complex, and you don't need to excite them.'
"Today my fiancée was told that she is less important than how men feel around her. That Tori is less important than a man's urges to be sexual towards her. I think she's the most beautiful woman in the world, but I also respect her. I would never make her or any other woman feel less than what she's worth because of her outfit or her looks..."
"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 assholes think they can police the size and shape of her body..."
"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..."
The post has since been shared more than 30,000 times. Many have taken the side of the leasing consultant and argue that Tori could have done more to cover up. But the majority have supported her, saying the way she was treated is simply unfair. Because, as Tori herself said, "No man or woman has the right to make me feel uncomfortable in my own skin."