In response to United Airline’s legging-gate, women are speaking out.
Two young girls wearing leggings were banned from a flight on Sunday morning due to a violation of the airline’s internal dress code. The situation, which was live-tweeted by activist Shannon Watts, sparked outrage from thousands on social media who called out the company for policing the girls’ attire.
Author Dana Schwartz was one of those that spoke out against United Airlines, and asked women on Twitter to share their stories of feeling “embarrassed” or “sexualized” for the first time because of what they wore.
Ladies, when was the first time you were made to feel embarrassed and sexualized for what you wore? I was in 5th grade, shorts too short.
— Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) March 26, 2017
“It was the 2nd to last day of school. HOT out. I was a beanpole, everything was short on me. They made me call my mom to bring pants,” she recalled.
“AND THEN when you DO grow up you reach the fun point when you’re embarrassed to go out with your dad in public bc people think you’re dating,” Schwartz explained.
These tweets sparked countless stories from women sharing similar experiences.
Carina MacKenzie summed up the majority of stories on the thread pretty succinctly: