A 22-year-old woman says she was asked to leave her gym in Konstanz, Germany, because her clothes were too “revealing” and were “confusing the men.” Marny tweeted a photo of the “revealing” outfit showing that she was wearing a crop top that showed a few inches of skin.
“I felt like I had been thrown back into the 1800s,” she told the Evening Standard.
She explained that a female gym employee came up to her while she was on the treadmill and told her she “she couldn’t train like this.” Not knowing what she was referring to, Marny said she just looked at the woman in confusion. The woman then told her it was against gym policy for women to work out in only a sports bra and for men to work out in tank tops, adding that her top was “distracting” other gym-goers.
“I was shocked, because it wasn’t a sports bra. And even if it was, why not?” she told the Evening Standard.
People online were outraged by her story, encouraging her to “name and shame” the gym.
“What are the men confused about?? Have they never seen a woman before?!” one woman commented.
“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,” another person wrote.
Marny, however, tweeted that she didn’t want to call out the gym by name because it’s a small, local business.
“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 wrote.
She does plan to cancel her membership, though.
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