A woman has been left baffled after she was shamed at a baby swim class for ‘showing too much skin’ in her bikini.
The woman took to Reddit to explain that she takes her six-month-old to the class and for some reason she is usually one of the only mums in the pool with her baby, with most other mums watching from the sidelines as their husbands take the kid into the pool.
“Today, there was a new baby at swim class! He looked to be about the same age as my son. As the father got into the pool, he said hi and I returned the greeting. I then asked him how old his son was and we made about 30 seconds of small talk before the class started,” the woman explained.
“After class was over and my son and I were leaving the pool area, this man’s wife approached me and said, “you know, if you are going to continue to swim with husbands and fathers, you should really dress more modestly.”
Obviously irked by the woman’s jab at her, she further explained on Reddit that she was actually wearing a high-waisted two piece from Amazon, with only about three inches of her stomach visible so it’s not like her “voluptuous curves were a distraction or anything”
She was completely caught off-guard and just said to the woman: “Thank you for your opinion” and kept walking, but she later brought up the topic with a friend.
Instead of being horrified at the body-shaming she experienced at the pool, the woman’s friend told her that maybe she should reconsider wearing a bathing suit to the pool next time.
“She said that I should invest in a one-piece (which I personally don’t like because I have a long torso and no curves, so most of the time they don’t fit right, and when they do, I don’t pull them off well). She then continued that she would also be uncomfortable with a swim class that had other women who were showing off too much skin to her husband and children,” the woman revealed.
The woman said that while personally she finds it all “ridiculous” and believes it’s an “insecurity problem'' on the other mum’s side, she doesn’t want to be the “inappropriate pool mom”.
The mum received the support she should have got from her friend online, with one person commenting: “She really thinks her husband is going to lose control over a peek of your belly button?I think you should invest in something much sexier for next class.”
“This isn’t about swimsuits, it’s about territoriality. These women see you in the pool with their husbands and feel jealous. Instead of getting in the pool themselves, they’d rather make it your problem. Don’t let them. Wear what you’re comfortable in,” another person said.
Another person wrote: “Women need to stop shaming and blaming other women for their spouses indiscretions.”