Julia Maren is a Tennessee woman that has made headlines after she was told to put on a shirt or leave a gym, despite dozens of men being allowed to wear tank-tops or vests in the same gym.
Julia was exercising in the gym she’s been visiting for quite some time when she was told by a staff member to remove her headphones. When she did, the staff member told her that she needed to cover up her midriff if she wanted to continue her workout, or leave the gym. The woman was baffled, so she decided to take it to Instagram and share her story. What she was wearing that day was a standard sports-top and a pair of leggings.
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Did you know that 65% of women actually try to avoid the gym over fear of being judged? Fitness Magazine conducted this study and in comparison, only 36% of men felt this way. 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. . . 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?! So you’re telling me that because three inches of my waist is exposed that I’m not welcome in the gym but meanwhile fucking 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 exists. . . If the problem is that I will be a distraction, why isn’t the accountability on the one who is distracted? 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 SEXUALIZING THEM. And WHEN will we start ALLOWING women to feel comfortable enough in the gym to wear whatever the fuck is comfortable to them in an otherwise already uncomfortable environment?! . . All I’m saying is that I’m showing up in a bro tank with my nipple out next time ✌🏻
The staff member even had the courage to tell her that they could provide a t-shirt if necessary, and she wasn’t offered any explanation.
“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****** Chad is over there with a cutout that shows his whole breast?” – she wrote in the post.
She was utterly disappointed that double standards and sexism still exist, even in 2020, and hundreds of commenters agreed that what she was wearing was an absolutely normal gym attire.
“If the problem is that I will be a distraction, why isn’t the accountability on the one who is distracted? 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 OTHERS ACCOUNTABLE FOR SEXUALIZING THEM.” – she continued.
She chose not to name the gym in question, but her followers have since sent her hundreds of messages of support, and we really hope the gym will question its policies and this will never happen to another woman again.