In addition to fighting fat shamers and concern trolls, plus-size vloggers also have to fight YouTube against the double standard of what constitutes sexually explicit content with thin vs. heavier bodies.
In January, Gabrielle Lascano's haul video on body-con dresses was slapped with a "sexually explicit" age restriction by YouTube, meaning no user under 18 could view her video. YouTube lifted the restriction after Lascano's story went viral.
Now, Crystal Coons (aka "sometimesglam") reports the same thing that happened to Lascano is happening to her.
A swimsuit haul that Coons posted was flagged and age-restricted by YouTube.
The video was a super cute look book, featuring Coons having fun at the beach in three bathing suits. The bathing suits themselves weren't skimpy in any way — one was a strappy two-piece, another was a high-neck bikini (which showed zero cleavage), and the last was a one-piece. None of the suits showed an egregious amount of skin. In fact, most would consider them pretty damn tame.
There is literally nothing inappropriate about this.
If this constitutes "showing too much skin" or qualifies as "skimpy," we have a serious problem.
Thousands of other swimsuit hauls like hers exist without censorship on YouTube.
Even a quick scroll through YouTube shows thinner vloggers posting far more racy content than Coons' flagged video.
If YouTube plans to instill and uphold its guidelines around sexually suggestive and inappropriate content, the platform needs to instill it for ALL body types — not just the curvy ones.
UPDATE: It's a win for body positivity — YouTube has removed the censor from Coons' video.