Lynn from Arlington, Virginia is displeased that her daughter's swim instructor is not covering up his man boobs with a shirt, ARLnow reported. Lynn first aired her grievances to the county's Parks and Recreation department, and has since shared her full e-mail exchange with local media. Here's Lynn's first fat/boob-shaming e-mail.
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.
While Crystal did not respond, Trina Wood, the Aquatics Coordinator in the Parks and Rec department did. Wood told Lynn that this man-boob guy was wearing an acceptable form of attire.
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.
Wood informed Lynn that her daughter can't switch classes, but she can drop out of the one she is enrolled with.
Not pleased with these options, Lynn—whom ARLnow stated has had previous run-ins with Parks and Rec—emailed local media.
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”.
There has yet to be any word from the swim instructor with the man boobs, who can now join the numerous women who have been shamed for freeing their breasts while also nurturing young minds. Perhaps he shall inspire a new movement that's specifically targeting towards freeing moobs (man boobs).