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A woman says she she was ordered to put on a shirt to continue working out after she wore a cropped exercise vest to the gym.
Julia Maren was working out when she says she was told that she would have to leave if she refused to put a shirt on.
The keen fitness fan, who lives in Tennessee, claims she was offered a shirt to cover up but no explanation why her outfit was unacceptable.
She shared a photo of her outfit on Instagram, alongside statistics exploring how many women fear being judged for their clothes in the gym.
She wrote: "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 f****** 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 f*** 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 fitness fan did not name the gym but her post left her hundreds of followers on social media fuming.
One woman wrote: "Seriously? Girl, riot! bet you’re not the only one this has happened to either!"
A fellow gym goer added: "That is infuriating!! I’m so mad for you girl, and mad that we have of deal with this sexism."
Another person added: "Umm, this is totally infuriating!!!! But you totally rock. You're handling flat-out sexism with an attitude of change and perseverance, instead of just being mad but doing nothing. YOU GO GIRL!!!!"
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