Internet trolls have struck again. The target this time? Atlanta resident Patrice Brown, who's facing criticism for supposedly dressing "too sexy" for her job as a fourth-grade teacher. On Sunday, a picture of Brown went viral with the hashtag #TeacherBae. The picture showed Brown wearing a form-fitting, knee-length pink dress that many users seem to think isn't work-appropriate.
One user tweeted:
That teacher looks good af but her attire is just inappropriate to be teaching a 4th grade glass. Little boys are pervs by like 2nd grade
— au bree dhabi (@breeNaughtyy) September 12, 2016
While another posted the following:
— ramel (@itsRamel) September 14, 2016
This isn't the first time a woman has been judged for her body and appearance rather than her capabilities. Think back on the time trolls body shamed Serena Williams for her nipples as she advanced to her ninth(!) Wimbledon final. Or how Olympic media coverage undermined female athletes' success by focusing on their outfits and hairstyles.
Thankfully, several people came to Brown's defense.
black women w/ curvy bodies are immediately judged and sexualized for something they have no control over #teacherbae
— EMMA (@emmakretch) September 12, 2016
— Leo Madara (@ItsLeoJ) September 12, 2016
A black woman is born w/ curves & is discriminated/sexualized, a white woman BUYS those same features and its 'trendy fashion' #teacherbae
— (R)evolutionary ♠️ (@B_MoOriginal) September 12, 2016
At the end of the day, Brown's body should not define her as a teacher. Her dress is not unprofessional (and it's worth noting that she reportedly hasn't been disciplined in any way for her attire by the school district she works for). People simply need to stop sexualizing body types that women don't have any control over.