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Bina Ramesh wanted to celebrate her 22nd birthday in a big way. So she and a group of friends decided to go to Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ. And because it was extremely hot and humid, she had on what most female park goers wear: a v-neck t-shirt and shorts.
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But apparently the shirt was a little too sexy for Six Flags. Even though a female security guard initially let the group of young adults, a male guard denied Ramesh entrance the second time. (Ramesh had gone back out to the car because she'd forgotten something.) The explanation: The young woman's attire was inappropriate and against park rules, maybe because the male guard had noticed that Ramesh was wearing a blue bralet under her shirt.
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The park officers told Ramesh she'd be allowed inside under escort if she bought a new t-shirt and changed into it. Ramesh refused. Then her friends pointed out a male park-goer wearing a see-through shirt who'd been let in, but the Six Flags staff said that was different. That's when Ramesh got a genius idea. She and a guy friend went back to the car and switched t-shirts.
Mission accomplished--they both were let in the park! Once in, they switched back to their original tops, and had fun the rest of the day. But the double-standard still rankled Ramesh and she posted photos of herself dressed in both tees to social media with a caption slamming the park for "ridiculous double standards and sexism."
Here's Ramesh in her original outfit.
The story went viral--and Six Flags apologized. Ramesh claimed victory. "My intent on sharing this story was to receive acknowledgement from the park that I was unjustly treated and to prevent this type of situation from occurring in the future, which seems to have been accomplished," she wrote on Facebook today.