While people across the country are getting behind the #FreeTheNipple campaign, there’s one Virginia woman who isn’t so down with a bare chest—even when it belongs to a man.
According to Arlington Now, the woman has expressed outrage over a male swim instructor’s “flopping” breasts, and she is now demanding him to wear a shirt when teaching her daughter and other children. We know, it’s kind of insane, but it only gets worse.
The mother, who asked to be referred to as “Lynn,” was so offended by the instructor’s man boobs and chest hair that she wrote a letter to the Arlington County Dept. of Parks and Recreation:
I took my daughter to this class yesterday. Unfortunately the male instructor’s breasts were flopping on the water and we felt extremely uncomfortable with her getting into the water skin-to-skin and in such close proximity to his intimate space. When I mentioned this to the Parks & Rec representative she told me that other parents had also complained; that he was asked to put a shirt on but refused.
To be in such close and intimate proximity to this man’s bare chest, breasts and public [chest] hair is unfathomable and I can not believe it is tolerated.
I’d like to switch my daughter’s class to an instructor who is more appropriate and does not make us feel uncomfortable.
It’d be completely understandable if the department would’ve responded with a series of laughing/crying emojis; however, they kept it professional and pretty polite:
Crystal forwarded your email to me, as she works in the Registration office.
To address your concern, all of the instructors teaching for DPR wear swim suits that are appropriate for swimming pools, active movement, both in and out of the swimming pool and for teaching swimming lessons. Swim shirts are provided to instructors to wear, typically for warmth but are not required. I am sorry that you feel uncomfortable, however, [the instructor] handles himself in a very professional manner in water with students. Your daughter is enrolled in a Fin 3 class, where typically, most of the swimming skills are taught through verbal directions and demonstration and are practiced independently, with some correction from the instructor. But some skills do require the instructor to have contact with the students.
I do not have another class to switch your daughter into for the session that you are currently enrolled. If you do not wish to continue, I can cancel her enrollment in the class.
Please let me know how you would like to proceed.
Trina Wood Aquatics Coordinator
Though the response was fairly reasonable and even sympathetic, “Lynn” wasn’t satisfied. In fact, she seemed to only get angrier. Rather than take her daughter out of the class and get a refund, she decided to go to various media outlets and blast the Parks and Recreation department. Of course, she did it through a letter:
Hello Arlington County Newspapers, Radio and Media Corp:
Do you know how badly the Arlington County Parks & Recreation System sucks? Get back in touch with me and I’ll gladly share my experiences from over the years. It’s mostly due to responses like the one I received — it’s like everyone in the parks & rec system have undergone the exact same training: “How to be a Jerk”.
Today’s response is not the first of its nature. Again, I would be glad to share my experiences with you, you will be shocked. Please get back in touch with me.
Se habla espanol.
LMAO. Sources have also told Arlington Now that the instructor in question has a "normal" physique.
The Arlington County Dept. of Parks and Recreation was not immediately available for comment.