Aly Raisman Slams the TSA Agent Who Body Shamed Her at the Airport
"When will this change? "
Aly Raisman has zero tolerance when it comes to people making hateful comments about her body. The 22-year-old Olympian took to Twitter to respond to an unacceptable incident she experienced while going through airport security.
In a series of posts, she revealed that a female TSA agent said she recognized Raisman because of her muscles-to which a male agent responded, "I don't see any muscles," while staring right at her.
The gymnast continued by saying that the interaction was "very rude" and that the man looked at her while "shaking his head like it couldn't be me because I didn't look 'strong enough' to him. Not cool. "
"I work very hard to be healthy and fit," she tweeted. "The fact that a man thinks he [can] judge my arms pisses me off. I am so sick of this judgmental generation. If you are a man who can't compliment a girl's [arm muscles] you are sexist. Get over yourself. Are you kidding me? It's 2017. When will this change? "
Unfortunately, Raisman is no stranger to negativity. Last year, the gymnast revealed that she was teased for her muscular physique growing up, which lead to a series of body image issues. And while she was celebrating her Olympic success in Rio, Raisman and her teammates were all body shamed on social media for being "too ripped."
Such incidents have inspired Raisman to devote a lot of her time spreading body positivity-always encouraging other women to practice self-love. "I like everyone else have my days where I feel insecure and not at my best," she wrote on Instagram earlier this year. "BUT I think it is that much more important we love our bodies and support each other."