Thursday, January 29, 2015

Other Side of the Coin

Okay, so the other day I went to town on people who post nude photos of themselves onto social media. Not a great idea.

But you know what else isn't a great idea? Overdone dress codes.

Where are we living if a teenager can't wear this to a dance?

Oh my Bored Gods! Where do we draw the line? Poor kid! (Well, she's not that poor, she bought the dress in Paris.)

You know what I think? I think this must have been a Utah high school full of gossiping Mormons. The Mormonism contributes to the dress-shaming, but so does the gossip. Do you think it was a secret that this teenager went with her mom to Paris and bought a beautiful, classic dress to wear to dances?

When you combine repressive religious rules with gossip and jealousy, you're going to get a situation where an extremely modestly attired young lady gets shamed for her dress. In this case I think there was more going on than a bare shoulder. This story stinks of two things: religious extremism and sour grapes.


Debra She Who Seeks said...

Yeah, WTF? You could hardly get a more modest dress! Something fishy there.

Lucretia said...

The article actually DOES say she is a "Utah high school junior", so yes, it WAS Mormons who put her through that.

I was raised Mormon in San Francisco, and while we did have "standards" that had to be adhered to, we were almost never subjected to that kind of junk, but the Utah Mormons who came to SF to go to school frequently brought that kind of attitude with them. We thought they were ridiculous then; now I realize how dangerous they really are. Needless to say, I don't identify with that church anymore.

Anonymous said...

That dress looked pretty modest to me. It was also very pretty on her.

Lori F said...

The straps are supposed to be 2 inches wide. Her arms and shoulders don't necessarily have to be covered.
But I bet this girl was one of the best dressed.
There were supposed to be shrugs for girls to wear but this girl wasn't offered one. She ended up wearing her coat for the dance.
Sad. and stupid adults.