A woman who was offended by a women's only exercise class called "Tough Titsday" has been banned from the gym entirely after an email exchange with the owner.
The woman wrote a letter to David Osorio, the owner of CrossFit South Brooklyn, and told him that she thought the class name was "kind of misogynistic."
The email exchange soon became heated, and Osorio said he was offended that she accused him of having "a lack of judgement." He then told her, "You will not be joining the gym."
Tough Titsday is a class consisting of four parts, where participants lift weights for 90 minutes. It costs $100 to join.
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After learning of the offensive name, the woman wrote the email, saying, "Do you really have to call a female class 'titsday' really??? It's kind of misogynistic…I suggest changing the name to something neutral. I'm not an uptight person but it's a repulsive word."
Margie Lampert, a founder of the gym and the person who created the class, was the first to write her back. She said, "As for the name, well, it is just as it seems, a subversive, cheeky reclamation of silly vulgarity."
The woman wrote a reply and said that she still found it "objectifying and offensive to some people."
"It's also confusing because I don't know how to perceive your business. I really like foundations. I was ready to join until 'titsday' was mentioned and I had to backtrack and rethink if I even liked you guys."
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That email was responded to by Osorio. He said, "This is the first time in over two years anyone has actually taken serious issue with the name. So from my vantage point, I don't think the name presents a problem."
She replied that it was offensive to her and a number of her friends, who were also members of the gym.
"This is a lack of judgment on your part," she said. "I may join but not the titty class."
Osorio felt he was being attacked, and said, defensively, "You're stating that your opinion is a fact. Like many things in life, it's a matter of perspective and context."
"What I find offensive is you accusing me of having a lack of judgment when you know essentially nothing about me, the program, the people involved and the positive experiences we've created because of it. I no longer feel the need to justify myself or prove that point to you. You will not be joining the gym."
After others learned of his defensive response, he wrote on the website that he decided not to allow her at the gym because she disrespected him.
"I told her she couldn't join because after several attempts to discuss the issue in a civil manner…she continued on to criticize me personally."
"As a small business owner, I have the luxury of denying a patron service if I feel they've been unreasonable or disrespectful, and in this instance I felt exactly that," he wrote.