Bikini-teacher should be banned from blogging?

Recently, a controversy erupted on the mainstream press as well as in new media about Gwen, a micro-bikini-clad teacher who entered racy pictures of herself in an online bikini contest. Touting herself as an ‘Ah Lian’, Gwen blogs about her tattoos and piercings and partying ways, all very un-teacherlike accessories and behaviour.

That calls to mind the question of whether there are some people who should not keep blogs. I mean, those in professions such as the teaching profession are supposed to be good role models and who are supposed to help uphold the morals of society. What if they blog and spill the beans on their personal lives and what if these are deemed more undesirable. What if their students read about it? Where do you draw the line between personal and professional lives? When is it okay to blog about your professional life in your personal blog?

So, many questions. No easy answers. 

Many have gotten into trouble before for blogging about work. Remember Otto Fong who ‘out-ed’ himself on his blog? He’s since left the teaching profession.  One wonders how long Gwen would stay in the profession. One thing’s for sure, her blogging ways would have to change if she were to stay on.


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3 Responses to Bikini-teacher should be banned from blogging?

  1. squidsquid says:

    MPs can hip-hop and appear on media…..why can’t a teacher post herself in bikini online…..if wanna stop this and that, that teacher from the Chan family in Joo Chiat should have long asked to quit her profession…..

  2. Jensen says:

    i guess the problem might lie with what perspective the situations were being looked at. I opt to believe that it was Gwen’s mistake for posting ‘indecent’ photos and over-revealing shots of herself as a teacher.

    Ever since the olden days, teachers were expected to be role models for the sprouting youngsters. Despite the many years that have passed with many changes taking place, one thing remains for certain, and is expected to still remain for at least several more decades – teachers as positive role models. Therefore, there is a need for teachers to maintain a certain demeanour.

    That is why i agree that teaching isnt an easy task, and of course being a teacher is even more difficult.

    Having said that, it really boils down to how an individual carries himself/herself. If the person in question, Gwen in this case, chooses to misappropriately express herself on the New Media, then there’s bound to be repercussions for those actions.

    I would like to caution that hip-hopping is in no way revealing, and that the MPs did that in an effort to narrow the generation gap as well as the political gap. I shouldn’t talk too much about politics here but i believe that the MPs hip-hops were justifiable. Furthermore, a teacher posting herself in bikini broaches the topic of sexuality, which is a totally different area of discussion and was rather inappropriate to be brought up for comparison with the current issue.

    I presume that, if we carry out a survey along the streets for people of all ages, a sizable number of surveyees would agree that a teacher posting pictures of her scantily clad self has probably gone overboard. In spite of Singapore being an open society, i suppose there would still be a limit as to how much Singaporeans can accept about that openess.

    All in all, i feel that the teachers do have a hard time upkeeping a standard image. However, up till now, they’ve done a pretty good job and deserve our respect. With regards to Gwen’s actions, I can only suggest that she do some reflections. Perhaps she’s a more suitable candidate for fashion modelling, and might achieve success in a very short time.

  3. CQmodel says:

    What, are parents concerned their Little Johnny or Janie might start having sex and wearing skimpy clothes? Do they think Little Johnny and Little Janie actually learn how to be people from their teacher and not the media?

    She did nothing wrong. A teacher posing in racy pics probably does more to DISSUADE kids from doing this (which child would want to be like their teacher – I could just imagine the responses {quick poll – my kids screamed “eww, no way” when I asked them if they’d ever wear the clothes their teachers wore} ).

    She could be a pornstar for all I care, and if the kids happen to see the films well then my response is “WTF were they doing watching them anyway? Where were their parents?”.

    SHe should do what she wants with her body and sexuality outside of school hours. If the kids happen to chance across he exhibitinism online, then it’s the parents fault for not monitoring their kids online time, not hers.


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