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Ex-Playboy Playmate Faces Charges in Body-Shaming Case

For many women the simple act of going to the gym can be an act of courage. Those whose bodies are different from what society has deemed perfect can feel intimidated and vulnerable.

And, it turns out, with good reason.

Last summer, a former Playboy Playmate, Dani Mathers, took a photo of a nude 70-year-old woman in the locker room of a Los Angeles gym and posted it on social media with the caption “If I can’t unsee this then you can’t either.” Mathers also posted a photo of herself with her hand over her mouth.

Initially, Mathers got some criticism for body shaming from other social media users. She was also banned from the gym. At one point after posting the photo, she did make a statement on social media apologizing: “That was absolutely wrong and not what I meant to do. I know that body-shaming is wrong. That is not the type of person I am.”

Whether you buy the apology or not, now she has bigger problems.

Last week the Los Angeles city attorney, Mike Feuer, filed a criminal case against Mathers, 29. She is charged with one count of invasion of privacy, a misdemeanor, and if found guilty could face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

“Body shaming is humiliating, with often painful, long-term consequences,” Feuer said in a news release. “It mocks and stigmatizes its victims, tearing down self-respect and perpetuating the harmful idea that our unique physical appearances should be compared to air-brushed notions of ‘perfect.’ What really matters is our character and humanity.”

He added: “While body-shaming, in itself, is not a crime, there are circumstances in which invading one’s privacy to accomplish it can be. And we shouldn’t tolerate that.”

We agree. Body-shaming is never acceptable, especially in a place where a woman is putting in the effort to improve her body and health.

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