Nepali Girl’s Skin Colored Gym Fit Is Somehow Offending People

We all know that most parts of Nepal are still reluctant to change the existing patriarchal mindset. And apparently a Nepali girl’s “offensive gym fit” is the topic of discussion now.

We’re constantly reminded of just how deeply ingrained the problem of sexism is, by the constant happenings of female rape and abuse. But what is also serving proof to the casual sexism in Nepal are the social media platforms.  

Recently, a Nepali TikTok user who also is a professional athlete and trainer — posted a video of her morning gymnastic routine. A normal person would get awestruck by her incredible skills or simply scroll by the video. But not surprisingly, the flood of Nepali sexists solely focused on this Nepali girl’s skin colored gym fit. 

This happens far too often where a woman is only seen as a piece of meat, and their skills are completely disregarded. She’s a fantastic gymnast, who cares? Wearing a body hugging, nude colored gym wear suddenly made her the definition of what women should not be.

Some viewers just couldn’t breathe without calling her an attention seeker. But amongst all the negative comments, one stuck out the most.

This person freaked out over what a Nepali girl was wearing to a Nepali gym. They suggested she wear ‘Desh anusar ko bhesh’ and we seriously have no idea what they had in mind. What would a Nepal specific gym fit be like, which would obviously add on to the nation’s integrity?

What was she supposed to do — wear a saree? Well, that’s exactly what she did as her response! 

The girl replied to the comment with a video of her wearing a red saree to the gym. Wearing this traditional garb, she did every workout routine she did in the original video like a true badass. Attached to this TikTok video was a long caption that was clearly an expression of feelings that had been bottled up for a long time.

Impressively, however, she managed to school the misogynists in her comments section without losing her cool at all. In the caption, she explained how gym clothes are for the comfort of her rigorous training routines. And that no man can come along and tell women what they can and can’t wear.

People like these are the root of the sexism problem in Nepal. They are always on the lookout for women wearing revealing clothes, who are outspoken and independent. They then immediately dehumanize or sexualize women by casually dictating what they are supposed to look like and live like. 

Nepal definitely needs more instances of such outright schooling. If a Nepali girl’s skin colored gym fit is worth this big of a discussion, we know we’re way behind in the progression path. 

It’s terrifying that these outdated thoughts are being carried and passed on by people who actually belong to the youth population of the country. If not stopped in its tracks, these toxic beliefs can make their way into yet another generation and make for a far worse country for women in the future. 

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