A woman calls out the gym that asked her to cover up or leave. Apparently, they thought she was showing too much skin.
Julia Maren, a 29-year old woman from Tennessee, was training at her gym when the staff approached her. To her surprise, they told her she would have to leave if she did not cover her waist.
The gym personnel offered her a T-shirt to wear over her top. This lead Julia to share her outfit and outrage on Instagram.
Double standards for men and women at the gym
In her picture, Julia wears normal high-waisted training leggings and a regular black sports top. She definitely did not imagine it would create such a problem. She wrote:
"Today I was told I'd have to leave the gym if I didn't put a shirt on with no explanation. My workout was interrupted and I was told to take out my headphones for someone to tell me they could 'get me a shirt if I need one' and that if I wanted to continue my workout I had to put one on... WHAT?!"
The woman also mentioned the double standards that allow men to dress more freely. Women, on the other hand, have to cover themselves. She continued:
"So you're telling me that because three inches of my waist is exposed that I'm not welcome in the gym but meanwhile f*cking Chad is over there with a cutout that shows his whole nipple? Got it. Thank you for taking time out of your day to let me know that double standards and sexism still exist."
In fact, she turned the question around to the people accusing her, by asking:
"If the problem is that I will be a distraction, why isn't the accountability on the one who is distracted?"
Women cannot dress as they want
Faced with sexist treatment, Julia did not accept to be quiet. On the contrary, she looked at the wider picture of society, writing:
"This is a deep-rooted issue because I could EASILY talk about middle school uniform policies, prom dress codes, and evidently gym attire. When will we stop policing women's bodies and HOLD THE OTHER'S ACCOUNTABLE FOR SEXUALISING THEM."
For women, feeling all eyes on them can already be stressful enough. Having to worry about clothing while training is quite unnecessary, as Julia highlighted:
"And WHEN will we start ALLOWING women to feel comfortable enough in the gym to wear whatever the f*ck is comfortable to them in an otherwise already uncomfortable environment?!"
Gyms can be hell for women
According to a study from 2019 by Fitness Magazine, 65 of women do not go to the gym for fear of criticism. For reference, just 36% of men feel that way. Julia commented:
"Do you realize what this statistic suggests? That women are automatically more cautious about what they wear to the gym to avoid criticisms and negative comments."
Far from giving up, Julia might take it up a notch next time. She closed:
"All I'm saying is that I'm showing up in a bro tank with my nipple out next time."
Supportive comments and encouragement
The Instagram post received a lot of supportive comments from other users. One wrote:
"You look stunning, the person who asked you this was definitely jealous."
Shocked at the treatment she received, another person added:
"That's ridiculous that they even thought it, let alone had the audacity to say something to you!"
One would almost think we live in the past, as a third person suggested:
"This is unbelievable We don't live in the '30s anymore. You look amazing. Nothing wrong."
After this episode, gym owners might have learned a thing or two about letting women train in peace.