Should You Flaunt Your Body Online When You're Married?

Life & Love | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 02/12/2014 | 12:00 AM EST

Was T.I. right for calling out his wife, Tiny, for posting sexy pic?

Rapper T.I. turned heads when he publicly commented on his wife Tiny’s Instagram picture, where she confidently shows off her sexy beach bod.

“U have so much more going for u other than your a$s. Although it is magnificent, I think u should spend just as much time showcasing those other things as u do ya booty..awesome pic luv,” he wrote.

Tiny gracefully shut down her husband’s criticism with the response, “I wasn’t showing off my as- in this pic it was about my waist..u just looking at the ass bae! U no I wasn’t saying getting my sh-t together about my ass now don’t u? But glad u like it bae.”

Why the couple chose to have this conversation on such a public platform, rather than just calling each other up, is odd, however, the message in itself opens up the question of what is and isn't appropriate to share on social media when you’re married.

Though by most accounts, there was nothing inappropriate about Tiny’s pic; it was tasteful and she was wearing what the average woman would wear on a beach. However, going beyond the context of T.I. and Tiny’s relationship, should one flaunt their body online when they’re married?

While your body belongs to you and you should be able to do with it however you please, when you’re married, there’s a level of respect that is expected from your partner. Many aren’t exactly keen on their significant other publicly sharing pictures of a body that is sacred and exclusively shared in privacy. Of course, when you’re a celebrity the rules are altered.

But for the average couple, there are understandable concerns. Showing off your bod on social media can cause trouble, for it opens up room for inappropriate comments or “likes” from exes, secret admirers and even strangers. And while you should trust your partner and be secure in your relationship, there can be something violating about seeing the love of your life sharing a little too much to the world.

Ultimately, in a marriage you should set your own personal boundaries, and one couple’s guidelines may not work for everyone. If you’re in a relationship where sharing a booty picture or snap of your six-pack is totally harmless, then by all means share away. But if you find that your partner may be uncomfortable with such public displays, it’s best to compromise and keep the sharing to a minimum. 

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