We live in a time where everyone’s body is put in the spotlight. This doesn’t only go for celebrities but for us regular people as well. Whether you gain a little weight or lose it, people will be talking about it.
Recently, there’s been more and more public figures speaking out about the issue of body shaming. Most of this is coming from females. Celebrities are the ones who get body shamed on a regular basis, and many are not taking it anymore.
Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman recently took to Twitter to share her experiences with TSA agents. Her story is upsetting and she is taking a stand. Aly revealed that some of those agents are active in “body shaming” passengers.
Being customarily frisked by TSA agents at the airport is embarrassing enough, but being called out on your body is just pushing it.
The 22-year-old two-time Olympian expressed her frustration when she posted a few thoughts and anecdotes about her experience with airport security.
According to People.com, Raisman mentioned how a woman working at the airport security asked if she was a gymnast.
She then proceeded to say that she recognized her because of her biceps, to which a man at the scene responded, “I don’t see any muscles,” while staring at her.
The Olympian went on to say that the man was “very rude” and was “staring at me shaking his head like it couldn’t be me because I didn’t look ‘strong enough’ to him. Not cool.”
Raisman not only found her experience “rude and uncomfortable,” but she said that it paved the way for a larger issue at hand.
The world needs to realize that there is no such thing as the perfect body. Raisman tweeted “I work very hard to be healthy and fit.”
She continued, tweeting “The fact that a man thinks he can judge my arms pisses me off. I am so sick of this judgemental generation.”
She finished off by tweeting “If you are a man who can’t compliment a girl’s arm muscles you are sexist. Get over yourself. Are you kidding me? It’s 2017. When will this change?”
This isn’t the first time Aly has experienced judgment on her body. The athlete took to her Instagram last November to open up about being teased as a kid.
The boys at her school would make fun of her because she had “muscular arms that were considered weird and gross.”
She wrote “thanks for forcing me to learn to love myself and my body…my muscular arms that were considered weird and gross have made me one of the best gymnasts on the planet…”
The 22-year-old finished her Instagram post with some inspirational words, writing “Don’t ever let anyone tell you how you should or shouldn’t look…there’s no such thing as a perfect body type.”
But regardless of what the haters are saying about Aly’s body, she’s looking perfect in her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit shoot. She’s clearly not letting anyone get to her and her confidence.
Her fellow Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney is also getting a taste of body shaming. The two are joining forces in shutting down the haters and not caring one bit about what they have to say.
These women are an inspiration for younger generations who feel their bodies aren’t good enough. We need more women like Aly to speak out about body shaming.