Earlier this week, a former playboy model named Dani Mathers was charged with invasion of privacy. This charge came after she took photos of a random woman at her local gym in July and posted them to her public snapchat story. Apparently, she never intended them to go public and instead meant for them to go to a friend. However, the friend along with hundreds of thousands of others saw the photos of the 70-year-old woman instead.
This is just another example of how social media platforms can be used to exclude others regarding things such as body type, race, gender, etc. I thought this story in particular was interesting because she is a relatively well-known public figure because of her physical appearance and obviously as a model, she is constantly judged herself. So why go out of your way in judging another woman?
She apologized but most weren’t sympathizers. I don’t really understand it either. It’s very frustrating to see another person use their platform as a means to spread more negativity, especially when it has to do with body image. We have enough to worry about nowadays, and we don’t need to be worrying if someone is going to take a photo of us and post it for all of the world to see just because they are insecure in their own ways and need to feel better about themselves. Either way, this ethically was extremely wrong.
The fact that she is possibly facing jail time for this is honestly in my opinion, warranted because she should know better really. Why would you even think it would be okay to take another picture of a person without their knowing? She’s also banned from LA Fitness gyms across the country as well. I guess she’ll double-check who she’s sending her snapchats to from now on.
By: Sofie Milton