One big boob — a man in Davie, Florida — is feeling the heat after he shamed a runner, Michelle Kirk, by telling her that her “boobs are sagging and will only sag more” if she continues to run, according to a post on the young mom’s Facebook account.
Apparently, Kirk was stopped by the man — who she had never met — in the middle of her run because he felt it was necessary to call her out on what he thought was a fitness fashion faux pas. Undeterred, Kirk finished her run then took to social media to say, “…f*** you. You are the reason why women have insecurities. If you don’t like the way my boobs ‘sag’ when I run, then don’t look! I will NEVER stop doing what I love and I love myself way to much to have your hate bring me down!”
The post received 1.2 thousands likes along with supportive comments. “I wish I had big boobs! Michelle you are one hot mama. I would have whipped them out!!!,” said one person. “Eww why is he even looking or having something to say about them?! So rude,” another added. Some suggested she should have taken a (ahem) low blow at the nosy neighbor.
It seems that when women break out the exercise gear and hit the gym, the park, or the streets, they often become prime targets for strangers who want to criticize their bodies and ridicule their appearances. In May, according to Mic.com, a man’s plan to shame a woman at the gym on Facebook backfired in his judgmental face. After having the audacity to film the unknown woman during her workout — with the words “If She Doing” overlayed — one brave soul, Ursula Panchas, chimed in to say, “Better question, what are YOU doing? During my grind, I focus my attention on me, not some random.” Her rant went on in the most girl power-y of ways, opening the flood gates for other users to tear down his cyberbullying.
In June, Yahoo Beauty reported that a woman was allegedly exercise-shamed into overdoing at a SoulCycle class, resulting in an injury she called “catastrophic — and a law suit. And Cosmopolitan writer Alexandra Martell accused the spinning chain’s instructors of sweat-shaming women who towel off too much. “That’s nice that you think that I shouldn’t need a towel by the second song because a little sweat is sexy. The sweat literally dripping into my eyeballs begs to differ,” she wrote.
Amy Roe, a three-time Boston marathon runner, can attest to the fact that sweat-shaming is a thing. According to the Guardian, after running “almost a half marathon,” Roe walked into a Starbucks in Seattle, where she was made to feel humiliated by a random woman for sweating heavily. “I threw off my damp running cap and flipped up the hood of my sweatshirt in embarrassment. I wanted to dive deep into that Lululemon Scuba and never come back up for air,” she said.
According to Jezebel, an Oklahoma woman “was kicked off exercise equipment at her gym for being too heavy, illustrating how obese people are shamed even when they try to lose weight.” And according to Shape, gym discrimination happens too often for comfort. “I was told to wear less revealing workout clothes because my size grossed people out,” Ame’ Karoly, 26, from Hattiesburg, MA, told the publication.
Another plus-size gym-goer, Leah Kinney, 32, of Minneapolis, MN, was told she was too big to wear spandex. Her repsonse: “Um, gym pants are tight for a reason!”