“The fact that a man thinks he [can] judge my arms pisses me off,” Raisman wrote.
Aly Raisman has joined the fight against body shaming after a TSA agent made sexist comments to the two-time Olympian. The American gymnast shared the uncomfortable encounter on Twitter on Wednesday.
As Raisman was making her way through security, a female TSA agent asked her if she was a gymnast and commented on her biceps. The male TSA agent jumped in the conversation and supposedly said: “I don’t see any muscles” then stared at the gymnast.
Raisman described the encounter as rude and uncomfortable. She went on to defend herself and her body. “I work very hard to be healthy and fit. The fact that a man thinks he [can] judge my arms pisses me off,” she wrote. Hell yeah. The airport is stressful enough without having to deal with comments from security officials. Just a reminder, men, if a woman didn’t ask for your opinion on her body/mind/soul, then she does not want it.
Raisman continued to share her comments on the encounter. “If you are a man who can’t compliment a girl’s [biceps] you are sexist,” she explained. For real, though, how insecure do you have to be to downplay a stranger’s muscles? Raisman has proved her strength at the national level. This isn’t debatable. She added: “Get over yourself. Are you kidding me? It’s 2017. When will this change?” Soon, we hope.
“He was very rude,” Raisman shared. “Staring at me shaking his head like it couldn’t be me because I didn’t look ‘strong enough’ to him? Not cool.”
Lots of people were quick to defend Raisman on social media.
The TSA also took the time to write to Raisman and apologize for the agent’s actions.
Thankfully, Raisman has no plans of letting anyone stop her from helping women and girls feel empowered.
“What matters is that you look at yourself in the mirror and are happy with who you are as a person. If you’re a kind person, that’s far more important than being a certain size or number on the scale,” she told Yahoo. “I believe that all women should embrace how beautiful they are, no matter their body type.”