A South Carolina college students gym selfie has gone viral after she claimed her school gym recently kicked her out for wearing a crop top.
Sarah Villafane, a student at the College of Charleston, recalled the encounter with George Street Fitness Center employees on Facebook. She wrote that when she walked into the gym, she was asked to put on a different shirt, but she worked out anyway because she had worn the midriff-baring tank top and black leggings the working day at school and there wasnt an issue. Plus, she shared on Facebook, she didnt have anything except flannels to change into.
Villafane shared that a male employee approached her while she was working out, whereby an argument ensued.
He says, Are you gonna set a shirt on? Villafane wrote in the post. And I said, Well if this isnt a shirt no. Im not gonna set a shirt on.
On Facebook, Villafane aired her grievances toward the gym.
I literally bought this outfit to work out in because its COMFORTABLE, she wrote. What is the issue? Why cant I work out in this outfit? Is my belly button distracting to the general 85% male demographic that your gym serves? Im forced to leave, WHY? Honestly Im so floored that I just got kicked out for this.
Villafane creates the heated topic of controversial dress codes that some say unfairly target young women. But a spokesman for the College of Charleston told Yahoo! Style that Villafane wasnt kicked out because she was transgressing school dress code, but instead because the shirt posed a danger to herself and other gym-goers.
The College of Charleston and many other Colleges and universities follow best practices that require people in the gym to wear a full shirt while working out in order to minimise scalp exposure to possible infectious agents, Mike Robertson, senior director of media for the College of Charleston, told Yahoo! Style.
He referenced the National Athletic Trainers’ Associations( NATA) warning that athletic puts is a possibility vulnerable to the spread of infectious diseases. NATA does not recommend full apparel to prevent infection, but it does foster college and university gyms to preserve clean environments, Yahoo! Style reported.
Robertson told ABCNews4. com that the rules is in relation to men and women, and the news station reported that the facilitys dress code is displayed at its entrance. Although they dont prohibit midriffs outright, the rules do require wearing athletic garb including T-shirts, running shoes, sneakers, shorts, or gasps and footwear.
Still, if specific comments thread on Villafanes Facebook post is any indication, whether the rule unfairly targeted her based on her sexuality or if her outfit posed a real health threat is up for debate.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the April 19 post had received more than 1,400 reactions, nearly 500 commentaries, and over 500 shares.
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