I just finished reading an article over at People about a young lady who claims she was body shamed. Now, I'll be the first to tell you that these "shaming" accusations that we see thrown around social media can be ridiculous to some. However, at what point do we allow people to live their lives and deal with their own consequences?
Shalom Ifeanyi is a student at the Univ. of Cincinnati. She posted some photos on her IG page that caught the eye of her volleyball coach.
The photos look extremely tame compared to what we see online these days. But, her coach, Molly Alvey asked Ifeanyi to remove the photos because they showed too much of her breasts, despite the fact that she was fully-clothed in all of the photos. Mix in the fact that some of her white teammates were allowed to pose in two-piece swimsuits and you have the formula for a discrimination lawsuit against the school.
Corporations and institutions need to stop policing people's personal lives. A person shouldn't have to censor their personal online sites to comply by someone else's standards. They should be allowed to post at will and forced to deal with the consequences, if there are any.
I'll be the first to tell you that people shouldn't post online half of the things that they do, but they are responsible for their reputation, not me. If I don't like it, then I shouldn't view it. It's just that simple!
Why are people so compelled to remove or ban something they're not forced to look at in the first place? And if you feel that it's some sort of black eye to the reputation of your corporation or institution, then you're the one with the problem. Ifeanyi is a volleyball player. If she shows up at a game wearing something deemed provocative, then at that point, discipline her as you see fit. Other than that, she owes Univ. of Cincy nothing outside of the school system.
Companies need to stop selling the allusion that they're only employing perfect people. There are no perfect people. And if the photo posted above is "too sexy" for Coach Alvey, then please don't ever let her see some of the 2018 prom season photos that I saw on Facebook this month. Her had would explode.
It's sad that Miss Ifeanyi, who is a beautiful girl, has to endure this sort of attention for something that is ultimately so inconsequential to the Univ. of Cincy. But, I guess that she realizes now that what she does as a black woman, right or wrong, will be scrutinized.
That's just how we roll in America.