Women on Twitter are speaking out after three young girls were turned away from a United Airlines flight on Sunday because their leggings were a violation of the airlines’ pass traveler’s dress code. One of the girls was able to board after putting a dress over her outfit, and two were barred from boarding altogether.
United released a statement on Sunday, saying that pass travelers ― travelers who are dependents or relatives of a United employee ― must adhere to the dress code. “When taking advantage of this benefit, all employees and pass riders are considered representatives of United,” it said. “And like most companies, we have a dress code that we ask employees and pass riders to follow.”
Many on Twitter, including celebrities like Chrissy Teigen and Patricia Arquette, were quick to point out how ridiculous it was to police girls’ clothing. And in response to the news, writer Dana Schwartz asked women Sunday to share the first time they were “made to feel embarrassed and sexualized” for their outfits, and shared her experience as well.
Responses to Schwartz’s tweets poured in, and prompted the hashtag #StopShamingGirls.
The responses were a sad reminder that women are not only sexualized way too early, but also punished and humiliated, at a ridiculously young age, for something as innocent as getting dressed.
Check out some of the tweets below: