Women Share The First Time They Were Shamed For Clothes After U.S. United Airlines Leggings Controversy

Women Share The First Time They Were Shamed For Clothes After U.S. United Airlines Leggings Controversy

On Sunday United Airlines was accused of "sexism" after reportedly stopping three girls from boarding a plane because they were wearing leggings.

The passengers, one who whom is thought to be around 10 years old, were travelling as "pass riders"- meaning they received discounted tickets due to being the friends or family members of a United Airlines employee.

The company insisted pass riders are required to wear smart dress, but as actress Patricia Arquette pointed out: "Leggings are business attire for 10 year olds. Their business is being children."

Many on Twitter accused the airline of "sexualising" the girls by placing this emphasis on their clothing, which led to journalist Dana Schwartz asking other women about their first experiences of clothes-shaming.

She was soon inundated with responses and the anecdotes are pretty eye-opening.

On Twitter, Schwartz asked: "Ladies, when was the first time you were made to feel embarrassed and sexualised for what you wore? I was in 5th grade, shorts too short.

"It was the second to last day of school. Hot out. I was a beanpole, everything was short on me. They made me call my mum to bring pants."

Schwartz received so many responses that her question was soon turned into a Twitter moment. Here are just a few of the stories.

@DanaSchwartzzz at 14 I was told getting sexually harassed at work was my fault b/c my shorts were too short... I worked at an outdoor pool.

— Rachel (@racheldoesbooks) March 26, 2017

1st grade. My look was sparkly leggings and a tshirt. Teacher made me put on an adult's polo from the nurses office to cover my butt. https://t.co/hcrSq9uGRK

— boot cut genes (@ATXnicci) March 26, 2017

@DanaSchwartzzz 7th grade, skirt too short. Made me wear giant red sweatpants from lost and found because no parent reachable. Also beanpole

— Paloma Young (@secondpigeon) March 26, 2017

@DanaSchwartzzz Age 7. Not allowed to wear bike shorts b/c they're too tight. Told not to wear red nail polish because "streetwalkers" do.

— Sarah Van Buren (@realsarahvanb) March 26, 2017

@DanaSchwartzzz i was sent to the principal bc my ill fitted bra strap fell down my sleeve at 13. i asked them what if i hadn't worn a bra?

— miel (@miel) March 27, 2017

@DanaSchwartzzz Fav teacher told me my shorts were "inappropriate" in 5th grade. She was discrete; I knew I was supposed to feel ashamed

— Wendy J. Biddlecombe (@WJBreports) March 26, 2017

@DanaSchwartzzz 4th or 5th grade. Gray leggings were inappropriate. Nothing else was clean, but I didn't tell them that

— Erin El Issa (@Erin_El_Issa) March 26, 2017

3rd grade-my SKORT (#tbt) was too short. Pointed out it was the same length as the other girls' but was told my long legs made a difference. https://t.co/VdlpGVmY4g

— Savannah Grace (@Tornado_ofRoses) March 26, 2017

@DanaSchwartzzz First day of high school sent home for wearing dress with thin straps that revealed I had no bra straps. Didn't need a bra!

— MosaicMoods ☮️ (@DianaMaus) March 26, 2017

In my HS girls had to wear oversized t-shirts that said "I violated the dress code" if tank tops/leggings/etc. were deemed "inappropriate" https://t.co/DC7KB4pnQ4

— Laura Wagner (@Laura_M_Wagner) March 26, 2017

@DanaSchwartzzz probably the same for me. At school, shorts had to be past fingertips, so we all learned not to stand w arms at our sides.

— Stephanie (@stephliebold) March 26, 2017

@DanaSchwartzzz 4th grade. Friend's dad asked, "did you forget the rest of your dress?"

— Rosa LuxCyborg (@RosaLuxcyborg) March 26, 2017

4th grade. Wearing a white t-shirt. Was told I was "more developed" than other girls & needed to wear thicker shirts https://t.co/fWSs2fWWAQ

— Jackie Zantow (@j_zantow) March 26, 2017

I was in 4th grade and was told that my tank top was inappropriate. School made me wear a sweatshirt in May and I got heatstroke. https://t.co/4B0iywP8RC

— Kendra Syrdal (@kendrasyrdal) March 26, 2017

In a statement given to The Huffington Post UK, a United Airlines spokesperson said: "We care about the way we present ourselves to you, our customers, as we believe that is part of the experience on board our flights. One of the benefits of working for an airline is that our employees are able to travel the world. Even better, they can extend this privilege to a select number of what we call 'pass riders'

"These are relatives or friends who also receive the benefit of free or heavily discounted air travel – on our airline as well as on airlines around the world where we have mutual agreements in place for employees and pass riders.

"When taking advantage of this benefit, all employees and pass riders are considered representatives of United. And like most companies, we have a dress code that we ask employees and pass riders to follow.

"The passengers this morning were United pass riders and not in compliance with our dress code for company benefit travel. We regularly remind our employees that when they place a family member or friend on a flight for free as a standby passenger, they need to follow our dress code. To our regular customers, your leggings are welcome."

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