Student kicked out of gym because her 'revealing' top was distracting men
A law student alleges that she was asked to leave her gym because the workout top she was wearing was deemed to be "too revealing", and was distracting the male members of the club.
22-year-old Marny took to Twitter to share a photo of herself in a crop top to show that she was not wearing a sports bra, as staff at the gym had claimed. She was approached at a gym in Constance, south Germany, with her boyfriend when a female trainer reportedly approached her to say that she "couldn't train like this", and that her choice of garment was "confusing the men".
"Just got kicked out of my gym, because my clothes were to “revealing” (see photo) and were confusing the men in the gym. What century are we in again? So sad," she captioned the image.
Marny went onto say that she did not want to name and shame the gym as it is a small business, which she has been a customer of for two years. "My one goal was for people to actually see that these things still happen today and that it’s important to pay attention to that," she explained.
She also pointed out that another double standard was at play. "I wanted to clarify that they told me that guys were not allowed to wear tank top either, but every time I ever went there, there were guys in tank tops who weren’t ever asked to leave."
"Many people were confused as to what their reasoning was, as you really can’t see anything (of me), and they said the reason was that I was wearing a sports bra and it wasn’t acceptable. (it isn’t a sports bra and I don’t get why sports bras aren’t acceptable but anyway)," she continued.
Speaking to The Evening Standard about the ordeal, she said "It was a bad day, I was really sad, really upset. I felt like I had been thrown back into the 1800s," before adding that "All genders should be able to wear what they want to wear."
The student's tweet quickly attracted hundreds of comments from outraged Twitter users. "What are the men confused about?? Have they never seen a woman before?!" wrote one social media user, while another corroborated "I’m really sorry this happened to you. I hope the Gym issue an apology and change their protocol. Is appalling."
"That's too revealing? Do you live in mormon country or something? The only way that is too revealing is by the standards of 100 years ago," a third individual wrote.
Marny has now told gym staff that she wants to cancel her membership, and to that we say, good riddance.