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Saturday 30 April 2016

She Posts A Pic To Tinder And It Breaks Sorority's Rules. She Quits And Tinder Sends Help

She Posts A Pic To Tinder And It Breaks Sorority's Rules. She Quits And Tinder Sends Help

 This is Shannon Workman's story.
She's a student at the University of Nebraska Omaha. Until recently, she was also a proud member of Chi Omega, a sorority with a serious no-nonsense policy. 
That's where this all starts.
You see, in addition to being a student and sorority member, Workman, like an estimated 50 million other human beings, uses the dating app Tinder. She posted a picture to her profile and next thing she knew, she was being called in for review...8 months after posting it and 3 years after being a dedicated sorority member. 
What's this all about? Let's take a closer look.
When we're done, you can tell me whether you think the sorority's call was valid or if you're swiping right for Tinder's response. Let me know in the comments! 

This is Shannon Workman. She was called into review from the local chapter of her sorority, Chi Omega, for posting a so-called "promiscuous" photo to her Tinder profile. 

You maybe wouldn't think posting a profile pic would mean anything to the sorority, but keep in mind: reputation is everything. According to the chapter, the picture you're about to see breaks the rule of"Human Dignity." That sounds pretty serious. 

This is the photo in question though. This is the photo that broke the rules and, after the threat of membership revocation, made Workman resign. This photo changed her life as she knows it. Workman says when she was called into review, she "was so humiliated."

So what's the problem? Sorority sisters are never to sport their letters on a social platform that could be seen as potentially bringing "disrespect to the chapter." 
In other words, she posted a pic of herself and her friends in their letters on Tinder...you understand what this implies about Tinder, right? It's not good. 

Tinder didn't take the hit lying down, though. Instead, CEO and co-founder Sean Rad decided to step up and offer Workman a full year's scholarship and paid internship in California. 

Rad says, "We think what Shannon did sends a very empowering message to young women and college students, which is actually one of Tinder’s largest audiences. Don’t conform, don’t let people tell you your beliefs are wrong just because it’s not the same as their beliefs." 
She's currently reviewing the offer and backing Tinder all the way: "I do stand up for Tinder because I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it. Some people use it for hookups but I don’t, and a lot of great things happen through Tinder."
Let me know what you think about this in the comments! 
Main and collage image via Shannon Workman / MTV

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