Body shaming comes in all shapes and sizes, and Aly Raisman is not here for it.
As the *New York Post* reports, the 22-year-old gymnast took to Twitter to call out a male TSA agent who commented rudely about her body.
It seems that Raisman was at the airport when a female agent asked if she was a gymnast, saying she recognized Raisman by her muscles. A male agent allegedly chimed in that he “didn’t see any muscles” and stared at her as she grew uncomfortable.
Aly Raisman, who has served as captain on two gold-medal-winning U.S. Olympic gymnastics teams, proceeded to tweet her response to the situation in real-time. “I work very hard to be healthy & fit. The fact that a man thinks he [can] judge my arms pisses me off I am so sick of this judgmental generation,” she wrote. “If u are a man who can’t compliment a girls you are sexist. Get over yourself. Are u kidding me? It’s 2017. When will this change?”
Raisman’s athleticism aside, critiquing someone’s body — not to mention staring at them — is out of line. This isn’t the first time Raisman has spoken out about body image. “I think everyone goes through phases in life where they feel insecure,” she told Motto in April. “I have plenty of times. But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned to appreciate my body. Young girls should be taught that there’s no ideal body type. We’re all different and unique in our way — if we all looked the exact same, we’d be very boring.”
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