Photo By: 
WABC

The Double Standard For Teachers

Upworthy reports that a female educator was fired for something a man would never be fired for; you decide!

Posted on
Apr 15, 2019

 A teacher in Bellport NY was fired by her school district after a student found a topless photo that she sent to a fellow teacher who she was in a relationship with. The teacher is now suing claiming gender discrimination since a man would not be fired over a topless selfie. Find out more about the case and the double standard from Upworthy.

Lauren Miranda, a middle school math teacher, was fired after a shirtless photo she sent to her boyfriend back in 2016 ended up in her student's hands.

Miranda didn't choose to send the photos to her students — or anyone other than her boyfriend at the time. It's quite baffling that the school that employed her felt justified in ending her employment for their distribution.

But the case goes deeper than that. Miranda feels the consequence she endured has more to do with gender discrimination.

She believes if she were a man, her job wouldn't have been in jeopardy. That's why she's refusing to walk away without a fight.

In addition to a $3 million gender discrimination suit — think the unfair double standards women are subjected to related to attire and decency — she's going to do everything she can to bring attention to the way women are regularly victimized by people on the internet sharing their photos without consent.

"How do girls feel when this happens to them?" Miranda told VICE News. "Their photo gets shared without their permission or consent. And what do we say to them?: Crawl in a hole, quit going to school...?”

Cyber security and online privacy have been hot topics since the beginning of the internet. In the last few years, however, the discussion has gotten a lot more complicated, especially with regard to sharing personal photos.

A wide range of arguments have been made for who owns photos that are put into this public sphere. Everything from hackers to cell phone malfunctions and even a company's right to sell our personal information to 3rd parties keep us from reaching a conclusion. But few aspects of personal data have been as concerning and contested as personal photos containing nudity.

Sign up for our e-Newsletter!