Imagine for a second that you are on a boat with your family. It’s a warm day, a light breeze is sending up a beautiful mist that’s a reprieve from the humidity, and your uncle just told a joke that left everyone in stitches. It’s a good day. You’re having such a wonderful time, that you get someone to take a snap of you. You’re on a boat, so you’re in a bathing suit. Two other family members in the shot are wearing life jackets.
You review the photograph and determine that, yes, that’s a great memory. You upload the shot to Instagram, and then some random person tells you you’re “asking for it,” and that you should “put some clothes on.” Sounds crazy, right? Well, it sadly isn’t so crazy at all. Because it happened to Modern Family’s Ariel Winter. Here’s the photo:
Notice how she’s wearing a conventional, bandeau-style bikini. Her nieces are wearing life jackets, because they are young children and that’s a safety precaution. The hashtags are #mynieces and #lovethem, not #hornycallme or #sexybaby.
Anyway, Winter didn’t just sit there and collect the haters’ comments. No, she responded. She posted a photo of a woman in a short skirt, with markings along the leg that indicated things like “slut” and “asking for it” based on where the hem falls. Her caption silenced her Internet shamers:
“Who knew that an innocent photo with my nieces would turn into this? The height of a girl’s skirt or whatever she is wearing for that matter, does not imply what she is asking for. It sickens me to think at 17 years old, a photo of myself with my nieces is suggesting that I’m “asking for it”. I typically never give power to the mean things people bravely say behind their computer screens on the Internet, but this is for the girls who are constantly bullied whether it be online or at school.. You are not asking for anything because of what you are wearing- you are expressing yourself and don’t you ever think you deserve the negativity as the consequence to what you are wearing- YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL. Celebrate you and don’t let anyone’s comments allow you to think less of yourself. Us girls have to stick together!!!!!!”
Hear that? Mic drop.