A British woman has written a brilliant open letter to a man who heckled her with abusive jeers while she was jogging down a street and it's going viral.
When Lindsey Swift, 26, was jogging with her boyfriend last week, she was interrupted by an unknown man driving in a car. He began shouting “fat jokes” at her from his window.
“Normally I don't get militant about these things, idiots are idiots,” she writes in a post on Facebook. “However, I can see why comments like these might put a person less confident than me off from running, and that is shameful. Everyone starts somewhere.”
Addressing the heckler, Swift continues: “Your comment was a clear indication of both your incredibly witty repartee and a feat of observational comedy. I am indeed a big girl, and I am indeed beautiful...Let me make one thing very clear, I am not ashamed of my body.”
She goes onto explain why she's proud of her body, all the life-changing experiences she's had in it and her recent efforts to get fit for a 10k run.
“It baffles me that anyone would try to discourage that kind of effort. Excuse me if my assumptions about you are wrong, but I only have your actions to go by. If my fat arse running (quite slowly I might add, I was bloody shattered) offends you and spoils your journey, try driving with your eyes closed, into a lamp post."
For all the women who may have been heckled and discouraged from running themselves, you'll want to read Swift's sharp-witted and motivating letter below.
The letter has been shared over 15,000 times since it was posted last Friday.
“I’ve had messages from people all over the world saying that they have experienced similar things and will think twice before getting upset in future, which is amazing,” she told Buzzfeed.
“A friend told me she’d once been heckled on her way to the gym by a car full of young men. She had been so shaken and upset that she had turned around and gone home.”