Why did this woman's bikini get her kicked out of a public pool?Thirty-year-old Lisa Conn was shamed for her American Apparel swim suit.
Thirty-year-old Lisa Conn hit up a public pool in her hometown of Philadelphia last weekend because, well, it's hot. She wore the same American Apparel bikini she always does, one that American Apparel sells by the box-full (pictured below). But within hours, she was harassed out of one pool by two male pool employees, went to another pool, and was kicked out for "inappropriate attire" [via Philly Mag].
"The large male security guard refused to let me swim," Conn told Philly Mag of the incident at the first pool. "He said I could not get in wearing a 'bra and panties.' Those were his words. I insisted it was an American Apparel swimsuit."
After showing the tag that read "AMERICAN APPAREL SWIM" to a (also male) lifeguard, Conn was allowed to swim, but the lifeguard ridiculed her so much, loudly commenting on her "bra and panties," that she soon left the pool. "I came in smiling and happy and left on the verge of tears," she heartbreakingly told Philly Mag.
But the harassment wasn't over. The next day, Conn put on the same bikini and went to a different Philadelphia public pool. Again a male supervisor asked about her outfit, calling it a "bra and panties." A female lifeguard checked her swimsuit tag. But this time, Conn was not allowed to swim at all.
As you can see, her bikini is one most women have probably owned at some time or another, and is certainly not the most revealing swim suit I've ever seen. There's no way this suit was breaking any public pool attire rules.
"I am flat-chested. My two-piece reveals nothing," she said. "I don't know if this is a bullying thing, a race thing, or humiliating women for the sake of it. But I pay my taxes and I love my pool. I don't want any woman to be made to feel the way that I feel."
Conn tried to report the harassment several times, but was given the run-around by pool staff. The city's aquatics director did release a comment that the situation was "unfortunate" and that Conn was not disobeying any rules of the pools.
That being said....
The woman should NEVER have been harassed or kicked out of any pool by anyone.
She's covered up, nothing was showing that shouldn't show, and the pool employees were so far out of line with their rude comments, there is no way I'd keep them as employees.
There is nothing wrong with a bikini. Has nothing to do with morality ( just in case there are more of you thinking along the lines of "Respect320".
Wearing a bikini has nothing to do with any kind of respect or moral code.
She's right. They're wrong.
They should apologize and the employees need some sensitivity training asap.
Before I read the article, I saw the picture. My knee-jerk reaction was taking note of a woman who appeared to be wearing a bandeau-style bikini top and a pair of nude underpants. It didn't faze me. When I read it was a swimsuit bottom issue causing her to be ejected, and that she proved to them it WAS a swimsuit and they STILL gave her crap, my reaction turned to finding an attorney and suing the two of them for harassment. I'm not a litigious person. I just think ****s need to be identified as such and fired.
It is common to buy swim suit tops and bottoms separately. This might be why she had issues. If she had even tried to match one color from the bottoms to the top, she might have had an easier time convincing them.
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