Defeshe is from the only woman to experience the super fun phenomena of workout mansplaining. (Proof: Here are 10 other women's stories about mansplaining that happened at the gym.) She shared her experience on Facebook
"That's NOT okay," says Defesche. "Being in the gym is not an open invitation for feedback. Being a woman does not mean that we need help or that we do not know what we're doing. And we're sure it's not working out for anyone's approval but our own. " really not ok: The fact that these women were sexually harassed while working out.)
How do you get "I should've t-shirts," she says. In the gym and beyond, "Well, it was not long before it became reality, and it morphed into an entire life.
And so Brassbound Athletics was born. The clothing brand-which is now created to be a mansplainers-is now a broader symbol of female strength and unity. Defesche says that customers are not just weightlifters; martial artists, acrobats, and other fitness enthusiasts were eager to share the message too. However, strength training holds a special place in her heart, specifically because it empowered her in a way that changed her life. (FYI: Feeling like a badass is just one of the many health and fitness benefits of lifting heavy weights.)
So while her mansplaining tanks hopefully quiet the too-outspoken dude into her gym, Defesche realizes that there are bigger repercussions for the people wearing the tanks. the ones reading them.
"Once they were out in the wild, I realized that the shirts act as more of a catalyst for conversation between women too," she says. "It's a powerful reminder that we're not alone, even if we still show up at a gym. [Related: An Open Letter to Women Who Are Afraid of the Weight Room]
"And, as a bonus, I have not been mansplained since wearing them!"