Tradie feels like she is ‘gaslit’ into wearing shorts on 14C day


Young tradie says she feels like she is ‘gaslit’ into wearing shorts on freezing 14C days because ‘all the blokes do it’

  • A young electrician joked she was ‘gaslit’ into wearing shorts to work 
  • Sarah, from Victoria, shared her experience in a now-viral TikTok video
  • The 20-year-old wore shorts instead of pants on a 14 degree Celsius day
  • All of Sarah’s tradie coworkers likely wore shorts to work 
  • Many argued all tradies get teased for wearing long pants on a worksite  

A young electrician chose to wear shorts on a cool workday after joking that she was subconsciously ‘gaslit’ by her blokey coworkers.  

Sarah, from Victoria, shared her experience in a now-viral TikTok video alongside the caption ‘feels illegal to wear pants’ and appeared freezing in her shorts.

The 20-year-old gave in and decided to wear shorts instead of pants to fit in with her co-workers.

‘Working with boys and being gaslit into wearing short in 14 [degrees Celsius],’ she wrote in the video.

The 20-year-old posted a now-viral TikTok video alongside the caption 'feels illegal to wear pants' and looked freezing in her shorts

Young electrician Sarah (left), from Victoria, Australia, claims she was ‘gaslit’ into wearing shorts to work. The 20-year-old posted a now-viral TikTok video alongside the caption ‘feels illegal to wear pants’ and looked freezing in her shorts (right)

'Working with boys and being gaslit into wearing short in 14 [degrees],' she wrote in the video

‘Working with boys and being gaslit into wearing short in 14 [degrees],’ she wrote in the video

In the video, which has now been viewed more than 103,000 times, Sarah can be seen wearing a jumper under her work uniform paired with shorts and work boots.

Gaslighting sees people question their feelings, instincts, and even their sanity on topics they know to be true – in this case, the cold weather. 

In the comments other TikTok users encouraged Sarah to wear ‘what she feels comfortable in’.

‘Don’t be peer pressured to do anything you don’t want to do because your a hot looking female. You should be treated exactly the same as the rest,’ one person wrote.

‘She is getting treated like everyone else, tradies always call out each other for wearing long pants,’ another claimed. 

A third joked: ‘Shoulda been a mechanic.’

What are the common toxic signs of gaslighting to be aware of when dating?

Gaslighters use a range of ‘techniques’ to execute their control, including:  

Pretending not to understand when they do – they may pretend to completely misunderstand what you are saying or doing, despite the fact that you are being very transparent and clear in your actions or motives. 

Labelling your thoughts as crazy or imagined – a person gaslighting you may tell you things like, ‘that never happened’. For instance, they may say one thing to you on a particular day and the following day, vehemently deny ever saying it. 

Questioning the other person’s memory of events when they remember correctly – in a similar vein as above, they may continually question your version of events until you doubt them yourself. 

Pretending to forget what actually occurred when you actually remember – this also falls in line with the other two points. You may recall clearly an event, while they may flat out deny the event ever occurred. 

Denying promises that you know they have made – gaslighters love to make promises to people only to deny they ever made them in the first place. It’s a classic mind game that leaves the recipient bewildered and confused.

Trivialising the other person’s feelings as being too sensitive when their reaction is somewhat normal.

Source: Lesley McPherson

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