No, Ariel Winter Obviously Wasn't "Asking For It" In That Bikini

*lets out massive sigh*

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There are times when the Internet can spurt wonderful, majestic things, and there are times when it perpetuates ignorant, out-of-date values and ideas. And, unfortunately, on social media it can sometimes seem like the bad outweighs the good as commenters exercise their inflated sense of self. While there's certainly the choice to ignore what these trolls type out behind their smartphone screens, it's difficult to let these thoughts pass by, especially when they're violent in nature. So, when some people started commenting that Modern Family's Ariel Winter was "asking for it" by posting a photo of her in a bikini with her two young nieces, the 17-year-old actress decided to use her Instagram to promote a discussion among her 1.2 million followers.

Referencing the slut-shaming notes and gross, misogynistic remarks made about her body, Winter posted a photo of Rosea Lake's high-school art project, "Judgements," which confronts societal conjectures based on hemline length. 

 

Who knew that an innocent photo with my nieces would turn into this? The height of a girl's skirt or whatever she is wearing for that matter, does not imply what she is asking for. It sickens me to think at 17 years old, a photo of myself with my nieces is suggesting that I'm "asking for it". I typically never give power to the mean things people bravely say behind their computer screens on the Internet, but this is for the girls who are constantly bullied whether it be online or at school.. You are not asking for anything because of what you are wearing- you are expressing yourself and don't you ever think you deserve the negativity as the consequence to what you are wearing- YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL. Celebrate you and don't let anyone's comments allow you to think less of yourself. Us girls have to stick together!!!!!!

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There has been a lot of debate about the various harmful implications of social media lately, from model Essena O'Neil's confession to Dounia Tazi's defense of it, and while the value of these platforms will never be clear cut, there's no denying that social media does give young women a platform to explore their own feminism and help fight against sexism. Thankfully.