YMCA Crop Top Policy

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Just over a week ago at the John M. Alexander YMCA in Raleigh, NC, I was reprimanded for breaking the code of conduct’s prohibition of “inappropriate, immodest, or sexually revealing attire”. I was wearing high waisted leggings, a crop top, and a sweater tied around my waist.

 

I have worn the same outfit at other YMCA branches without any reprimandation. The disparity in interpretation of this area of the code of conduct, as well as this branch’s decision to interpret a small amount of stomach exposure as “sexually revealing”, both speak to a deeper entitlement to police women’s choices for their bodies, particularly in male-dominated spaces like a gym where women taking up space is inherently an act of resistance.

 

I created this petition with the intention of dispelling this antiquated policy interpretation, and removing the power from external parties to interpret women’s clothing choices as sexual. I invite you to sign this petition in support of holding the YMCA accountable to cease to interpret crop tops as a violation of the dress code portion of the code of conduct. The YMCA is an organization rooted in many social justice initiatives. Let’s ensure that they live up to their social justice, community building brand, and support the women in the YMCA communities in defining their own empowering, body-positive clothing choices. 



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