This college student got kicked out of her school’s gym for wearing typical athleisure clothing, and we’re confused
A South Carolina college student is speaking out after being kicked out of her school’s gym for wearing a workout crop top.
Sarah Villafañe posted on Facebook that she wore black leggings and a black crop top – which exposed a whopping 5 inches of midriff – to go work out at the student gym at College of Charleston.
While exercising (and minding her own business), Villafañe was asked to “put on a shirt” or be forced to leave.
After informing gym employees and the gym manager that she was, in fact, wearing a shirt, she was kicked out of the fitness center. false
“I bought this outfit to work out in because it's COMFORTABLE. What is the issue? Why can't I work out in this outfit? Is my belly button distracting to the general 85% male demographic that your gym serves? I'm forced to leave, WHY? Honestly, I'm so floored that I just got kicked out for this. DO BETTER COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON," she wrote in her post, which has been shared more than 500 times.
Sarah edited her post to include a response from the school which does nothing to alleviate the problematic nature of what occurred:
“The gym has since said that they kicked me out for ‘sanitary concerns.’ However, they never made those sanitary concerns clear when they asked me to change. They told me I need ‘more coverage’ and nothing more. Not to mention, their website has no written dress code anyway. The dress code at the front of the gym simply says ‘Athletic wear must be worn.’ I would say that what I’m wearing (whether you believe it’s a sports bra or a crop top) is completely normal and considered athletic wear.”
Villafañe says she hopes more schools change their policies to let women and girls work out in peace. We hope so, too.