On Monday, 17-year-old Lauren Wiggins was given detention, but not for misbehaving. She was actually punished for her clothes. No she wasn’t wearing a short skirt or a low cut shirt, she was wearing a full-length halter-top dress.School officials told her the garment was a “sexual distraction” to male students and she would have to serve detention for wearing it.
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The teen shared a note on Facebook that soon was shared over a thousand times. Here is the full transcription.
“Dear [Vice Principal] Sturgeon,
I have a concern I would like to bring to your attention. In today’s society, a woman’s body is constantly discriminated against and hypersexualized to the point where we can no longer wear the clothing that we feel comfortable in without the accusation and/or assumption that we are being provocative. This unjust mindset towards women is absolutely absurd. The fact that authority figures, especially males, can tell young women they must cover up their shoulders and their backs because it’s “inappropriate” and “a distraction” is very uncomforting. Schools are the social building blocks in an adolescent’s life meant to teach them how to communicate and develop relationships with others and also learning about themselves and who they want to be. It’s preached upon us to be individual, to be ourselves. The double standard here is that when we try, we are then told we’re wrong. We may not truly dress, act or speak how we want because authority figures, and I use that term very loosely such as yourself, tell us we can’t. Yes, I understand there are restrictions to how much and how little of your body that shows, but that applies when people show up in their bikinis or bra and panties. Though I do believe women should legally be allowed to publicly be shirtless considering males are, it’s mindsets like yours that keep that as something that is shamed upon. So no, Mr. Sturgeon, I will not search for something to cover up my back and shoulders because I am not showing them off with the intention to gain positive sexual feedback from the teenage boys in my school. I am especially not showing them to receive any comments, positive or negative, from anybody else besides myself because the only person who can make any sort of judgment on my body and the fabrics I place on it is me.
If you are truly so concerned that a boy in this school will get distracted by my upper back and shoulders then he needs to be sent home and practice self control.
Thank you, have a nice day.”
“It’s the double standard society has created because we allowed it, and it’s time for that to stop! All it takes is one person to speak up light the spark and the fire in everyone else starts to ignite. It’s the beginning to a change!” Wiggins wrote to supporters on Facebook.So what do you think?
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