This mom had the best response to a man who body shamed her while she was on a run
We all need to take a note from Michelle Kirk: a mom, marathon runner, and all-around superwoman whose fierce takedown of a body shamer is going viral.
Kirk went for a run in her neighborhood—all while simultaneously pushing her 18-month-old baby girl’s stroller—in order to train for the upcoming New York City Marathon. While she was working out, Kirk says a male passerby decided to offer his COMPLETELY irrelevant commentary on her workout attire:
“Hey, not for nothing, but you need a new sports bra. Your boobs are sagging.”
YEAH. And it didn’t stop there. In an interview with SELF, Kirk said, ” …then [the man] goes on to tell me that if I continue running, the muscle fibers in my breasts are going to break down and my boobs are going to sag even more… And they’re already heading south [and he doesn’t think] I want them to head south even more.”
Understandably, Kirk was at a loss for words—but not for long.
She sarcastically apologized, telling the man, “I’m so sorry but all my non-boob sagging bras are in the wash today.” But, of course, he kept running his mouth. Fed up (and probably not wanting to waste any more of her precious energy on this fool), Kirk just continued jogging. She called one of her girlfriends to vent about the awful incident that had just occurred, and even expressed wanting to turn around and chase after the man. But her friend told her it wasn’t worth it.
That’s when Kirk posted her kickass body-positive selfie to Facebook — middle finger included (of course).
Her perf caption reads:
“To the nasty old man who stopped me mid run to inform me that I need to get a better sports bra because my boobs are sagging and will only sag more if I continue to run … fuck 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 [too] much to have your hate bring me down!”
Get it, girl.
And Kirk’s empowering words have clearly struck a chord with women all over the Internet.
The selfie, first posted to Facebook on July 11, has now been viewed over 2,ooo times and shared 192 times.
Shout out to queens like Michelle Kirk who remind us all to speak out against the sexism that infiltrates our lives when we are simply going about our days. Said Kirk in her SELF interview, “”Women need to bring each other up and compliment each other, and we’ve got to stop this body shaming … [and] men need to realize that all women are beautiful, too.”