In the heart of the Bible Belt the American Taliban is alive and well: Security guards at a shopping mall in Alabama are harassing women wearing shorts.
After a Mobile, Alabama, woman was kicked out of The Shoppes at Bel Air because she was wearing shorts, other women are coming forward to share their stories of abuse and harassment by mall security guards acting as modesty police.
Shopper Gabrielle Gibson detailed her abuse at the hands of the security guards at The Shoppes at Bel Air, a local Mobile mall. On a now viral Facebook post Gibson explains how she she was approached by a security guard and asked to leave because she was wearing shorts. On her post Gibson declares:
I was literally harassed and kicked out of the Bell Air mall in Mobile, AL today because of what I’m wearing. Apparently grown men couldn’t contain themselves so I get kicked out.
In response to Gabriel’s experience concerned women have organized a protest: Bel Air Mall “Daisy Duke” SlutWalk
Ok ladies – it’s time to bring out the booty shorts and crop tops (if you’re feeling it.) One gorgeous young woman was SHAMED and ASKED TO LEAVE because her shorts were “too short.” I have personally worn shorts shorter than what she wore and walked past security and police and no one said one word. It’s summertime. In South Alabama. It’s hot. WEAR WHAT YOU WANT. Don’t allow anyone to shame you for what you choose to wear. We’re banding together to support our sister in solidarity – women’s bodies are not shameful. We shouldn’t be forced to cover up because men can’t control themselves. Bring your ass (literally) and descend on Bel Air with us. Share with your friends! #SistersInSolidarity #StopShaming #WhatIWearDoesntEqualConsent
Given the high degree of importance we place on maintaining a family-friendly shopping environment, our policy requires all of our customers to dress in a manner that reflects our code of conduct. Anyone who violates this policy will be asked to change or to leave the premises.
Bottom line: At a shopping mall in Mobile, Alabama, the modesty police are alive and well, harassing women for wearing shorts.
And so it goes.