You'd think in 2020 women would be able to dress their bodies how they see fit, or at the very least wear a bikini at the beach without getting detained.
That clearly wasn't the case for one woman sunbathing on Myrtle Beach, and she is determined to change the law...
Lately, the hot weather has enticed many people into visiting their local beaches.And wearing layers of clothing is never ideal when you're trying to soak up some sun.
In the majority of public places, there are unwritten rules when it comes to how little clothing we can get away with...But as long as we aren't completely naked, wearing what we want should be okay.
But in more recent times...
via: ShutterstockIt turns out that wearing swimwear in public spaces is not okay... well, according to certain people, anyway.
It seems as though a lot of people are offended by some women's bikinis...
via: Getty ImagesAnd sometimes, it's even to the point where the police are called to get involved. Can you believe it?
But men are allowed to walk around in swimming trunks and no tops?
via: Getty ImagesHm, can someone pour me a glass of double standards, please?
Well, one woman has made it her mission to change the laws around bikinis.
There have been a number of incidents recently.
via: Getty ImagesFirstly, this occurred in New York's Freedom Lake last week... A young woman was interrupted during her relaxing day in the sun due to her choice of swimwear.
Aurea Miranda was recently spending some time in Freedom Lake...
Aurea was making some videos for her TikTok account when she was suddenly interrupted by a middle-aged woman.
via: InstagramThe woman is heard abruptly asking, "You see those group of boys over there?"
Aurea responds nervously with a "yes"...
via: InstagramAnd the woman then says, "Those are my boys. They're staring at your a** which is hanging out in the middle of a public place."
The woman's attitude was confrontational and aggressive.
via: Instagram"Do you need a pair of shorts? Because I have an extra pair," she then asked Aurea. And she hit back with, "I mean get your a** covered, that's what I mean. Thank you." Well, why don't you tell "your boys" to stop staring?
The young woman then asked the angry mom if there was a rule about covering up at the lake...
It's clear that Aurea isn't in the nude...And she also says she spoke to workers at the park who told her swimsuit was fine to wear.
People rushed to the young woman's defense...
Another Instagram user said:
I don't get why we're still in 2020 and policing women's bodies?
via: Getty ImagesIt's so 2009. Why not teach boys and men to avert their eyes off it bothers them so much? Or here's a better idea, tell them to grow out of their misogyny if they still see women as sexual objects.
In another similar incident, another woman was harassed for her choice of beachwear.
via: FacebookAcrobat, Sam Panda, was detained by police on Myrtle Beach after her wearing what has been described as an "offensive bikini."
Sam revealed that "some Karen" decided to call the police on her.
via: FacebookWhen they arrived on the scene, they immediately arrested Sam, as her friend tried to stop them and ask for clarification as to why she was being arrested.
Apparently her thong bikini was regarded as "offensive."
via: FacebookAccording to whatever rulebook they were going off, the exposure of Sam's butt was a bit too much for some people to handle? At first, she tried to object, so the squad decided to call back-up. Yes, they called back up for an "offensive bikini."
Sometimes you really cannot write this stuff, even if you tried.
via: FacebookAccording to the Myrtle Beach police initial call was "a report of 2 women "who were wearing thong bikinis and a see-through top that were dancing and soliciting videos on the beach." See-through top? Let me know where you're seeing that because the pictures say different.
Regardless, they were arrested and detained until they agreed to cover-up.
via: FacebookAfter that, they were released without charges. I mean, are the police really lacking in jobs to do that they took this one so seriously? They called back-up because Sam started "walking off" in a thong bikini. What?
Sam later said this:
via: Facebook"A woman decided that my body was offensive to her and showed her child that her body could one day lead to her arrest."
People were left shocked upon hearing the news...
@TMZ It’s obvious that the “KAREN” that called the cops on Sam is just upset she can’t fit or wear a thong bikini 😂… https://t.co/kkh518fPVP— Michael Del Tufo (@Michael Del Tufo)1596466865.0
And this user raised a good point:
@TMZ Why are people not get fined for wasting police time with frivolous calls? I know cops aren't busy all day eve… https://t.co/CKWG3pn0KU— jAY aka 乔李小 (@jAY aka 乔李小)1596467647.0
As funny as this comment is, they took it pretty seriously...Imagine creating all that drama with a straight face? Crazy stuff.
Here's the full video:
The twenty-minute video has now been viewed over 1.6 billion times.
via: Facebook"A woman called the cops on me because of my bikini. That's how this all started," Panda captioned the viral clip.
The police can be heard reading one of the rules to Panda after removing her, saying: "[It] shall be unlawful for any person to appear in the nude at any public beach."
via: FacebookWearing a thong is considered a form of indecent exposure on Myrtle Beach.
She believes the ordinance is "discriminatory" and "unfair to beachgoers."
via: Facebook"These types of laws, I think they're archaic, I think they're dehumanizing. I think they basically make people into objects by saying your body is something that other people can look at and say 'This is right,' or 'This is wrong.'" She said.
Panda is now getting a legal team together to challenge the beach's thong ban.
via: FacebookShe is hoping that the ordinance is made more "quantifiable," making the laws more lenient for visitors and police.
And a lot of people are supporting her actions.
Isn't it about time women should be allowed to have control over their own bodies, without being told how to dress it?
via: FacebookKeep scrolling for more disorderly thong-duct, as one woman from the Maldives resists arrest for wearing a bikini on the beach... The world's gone mad.