My uniform is not for your fantasies
Today, like every other day, I go to work as a lifeguard, as I have been, for almost the last 10 years.
My uniform consists of short shorts (that I wear because it is incredibly hard to find comfortable shorts, let alone one that are a more appropriate length). I also wear a tank top, a fanny pack, a radio, and a whistle, as required by my job.
Every single day I get checked out to the point of making me uncomfortable, or someone (usually male) throws a sexist remark my way.
Today a man told me it looked like I was taking my bra off when I was removing lane ropes. I have heard stories about females telling other female guards that they “look like whores” because of how they dress. I have to be cautious of my body language and my behavior so I don’t appear as though I was “inviting” comments. I have had men tell me to “smile because you’re pretty”. The man that told me that it looked like I was taking off my bra actually came up to me later on as he as leaving and told me he was joking and he didn’t want me to “misinterpret it”. I told him his comment was inappropriate, and he should refrain from using that language in the future, as it makes me uncomfortable. He laughed and walked away. He did not apologize.
My uniform is not for you to make rude remarks at. My body is not for you to visually undress so I feel uncomfortable. I am unable to change my attire, but maybe you can change your behavior.