Playboy Playmate Dani Mathers should face jail time for posting an expository photo to Snapchat of an elderly woman in a Los Angeles gym locker room.
According to The Independent, Mathers took a photo of a 70-year-old woman changing in an LA Fitness locker room. Mathers posted the photograph to Snapchat with the caption, “If I can’t unsee this then you can’t either.”
Almost immediately after, the 2015 Playmate of the Year was accused of body shaming and began receiving harsh, yet justified criticism on social media.
The photograph was posted to Snapchat in July. An article published by TMZ on Sept. 5 says that the victim of the body-shaming photo has made herself known to the Los Angeles Police Department.
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The woman also told the LAPD that she wants Mathers to face jail time for her actions, according to TMZ.
If convicted, Mathers could face up to six months in jail for improper dissemination of private images.
Mathers claims to have posted the photo “accidentally,” according to New York Daily News. After deleting the photo, she apologized for her actions publicly and said that she meant to send the controversial picture to one friend only.
Regardless of Mather’s apology and intentions, the Playmate should face jail time as a consequence for her actions.
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Body shaming is a very real epidemic. One definition commonly used by human resource professionals defines body shaming as “inappropriate negative statements and attitudes toward another person's weight or size.”
Body shaming is responsible for eating disorders, diminished self-confidence, increased anxiety, and poorer overall health, according to psychologist April Lyons.
Inflicting body shame or fat shame on another is reason enough for criticism and punishment. What Mathers did, however, goes beyond that.
Mathers invaded a human being’s privacy by publicly posting a naked photograph on social media. The elderly woman did not give consent for Mathers to share an invasive photograph. This clear invasion of privacy also provides a reason for Mathers to spend time in jail.
LA Fitness clubs have banned Mathers from ever returning to their gyms, according to TMZ reports.
Her exploitation of an innocent woman’s privacy, as well as her decision to send a public message that could be conceived as fat shaming, provide justification for jail time.
Mathers should accept the criminal charges and face the consequences of her actions, whether they were committed accidentally or not.