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    • Hannah Sullivan

    • May 15, 2015 in Columnists

    Today’s lesson plan – body shaming

    The warm weather is finally here to stay and you know what that means – people “heroically saving” young men from the sexy shoulders of young women.

    How dare those high school girls (or even middle school girls!) wear something weather appropriate. How dare they expose their skin to the elements just like boys do. No, you’re right – definitely keep telling young women that their bodies are something to be ashamed of. That message will never have a long lasting effect on their self-esteem.

    Are you fucking kidding me?

    Just stop. You look like a bunch of asses. I have a few problems with this – the first being teaching young women that their bodies are a distraction to the people around them. Your body is a vessel – not something to be over sexualized. When I was in my high school years, I wasn’t asking myself if my shirt was too provocative, I was asking myself if my arm fat was too much for one shirt to handle.

    Instead of telling girls they are doing something wrong – let’s educate both genders. News flash – girls have sexual feelings too. Stop acting like young men are these sex crazed creatures who can’t pay attention in Algebra because there is an exposed knee cap halfway across the room. Good golly. If we teach young men that ladies need to cover up for them because their bodies are too sexy to handle, that message will stick. It won’t just stick for the men, but for the women as well.

    Maybe instead of teaching girls and boys that their bodies are dirty things that need covering, we should teach them to embrace their bodies. Raise your hand if you have absolutely no insecurities about your body! Oh, no one?! Perfect. Let’s keep adding to that, but start earlier and earlier. Also, aren’t you paying or sending your kids to school with the notion that they are being educated – not being shamed about their bodies? Damn, parents, step up your game! I’m pretty sure “sexy shoulders” isn’t part of the curriculum.

    How many more news articles am I going to have to read before society changes? Society is a hypocrite! Flaunt half naked women and men around because no one is creative enough to get us to buy something with out seeing boobies, but then get angry at real life people who embrace their bodies and make you feel uncomfortable. Interesting. What are we teaching today’s youth and tomorrow’s world leaders?

    Also, have you ever seen the clothing options for women? I dare you to go into any mall and not drown in crop tops, skin tight jeans and see through shirts. It’s frustrating as a female to go clothes shopping.

    Everyone is so uncomfortable except the high school girl who chose to wear a dress to school. Shouldn’t we be praising this girl? Like I said before, I think about arm fat way too much. These girls are more secure at 16 than I am at 23. You go, girls!

    • Ya, I got kicked out of school for that. Loved this.

        • Hannah Sullivan

        • May 16, 2015 at 12:21 pm
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        Thank you for the read 🙂

        That is craziness!

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