At the risk of opening a can of worms, well...I'm just going to go ahead and rip the lid right off the can and see what happens.
The subject of women's gym attire has come up twice today, once in an article I read online and secondly at the gym where I work out.
The article was about a woman who was told at her gym in Ontario that her tank top was too revealing and she was basically told she couldn't wear it again. She needed to wear more modest attire. Her complaint was that other women wear the exact same type of tank, but the difference is that she has a bigger chest. She felt that it was unfair that she was being held to a different standard due to her chest size.
Now, I saw the pictures of the woman in her tank (not the picture I have shown in this blog), and it didn't offend me at all. However, who knows what was revealed when she actually worked out. I have no idea whether "the girls" were threatening to come out or not, but the picture as shown was not offensive at all in my opinion.
The second has to do with the gym where I work out. I'm a huge proponent in working out in what makes you feel comfortable and how you feel working out in it.
What bothers me is the double-standard that some women seem to have. They wear skin tight clothes that leave very little (or nothing at all) to the imagination. Then they get offended when men ogle them, not necessarily by saying anything to them but obviously by staring at them. They suddenly get uncomfortable and complain to the management about it.
I completely agree that everyone has a right to feel comfortable during their workouts. Honestly, there are a few guys that wear some pretty skin tight clothing as well. My first reaction is, "Whoa, really?" My second reaction is, "To each his own. If that's what he's comfortable wearing, then go for it."
When it comes down to it, if I'm offended by his clothing, then I'm obviously not focused on what I'm there to do, and that's to work out.
That's how I feel about these women who are offended. If you're at the gym to work out, then you're so focused on your workout that you don't even notice whether or not someone is looking at you. Think about your purpose in being at the gym.
I think there are some pretty impressive women at my gym who show off their bodies tastefully due to their hard work in and out of the gym. They are the ones who aren't offended. They are the ones that if they did get offended wouldn't have a problem putting the ogler (is that a word?) in his place if he stared a little too much or said something.
However, there is perhaps a bigger question here. Where is the line when it comes to gym attire? (Would you be offended if you saw a woman wearing what is in the picture accompanying this blog at your gym?)
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.