Here it is again. We have another authoritarian establishment trying to over sexualize and shame the female body, at the same time imprudently transmitting the message into the youths’ mind that the right of women to express themselves in their attires and clothing is far less important than letting boys see females and their bodies as sexual objects. Objectification of women has been a major topic of discussion across the mainstream media and in many institutions. It is not only men that view women as objects to satisfy their lustful desires and wants that are guilty of objectifying the opposite sex. Many men were raised to see women as objects of their affection, trophies to be won just for show and even as rewards for some competition between them.
Well, except this time around a school did not shame a girl in provocative clothing but one in full clothing.
A senior high school girl, Macy Erica, got sent home from her school one day for putting on a loose shirt which totally covered all her parts from the chest, shoulders, and waist. She also had pants on that completely covered her knees and went past it.
Macy’s elder sister, Edgerly was so pissed by the school’s actions she expressed her anger through her social media page. She slammed her sister’s Texas high school with an angry post pointing to the negative message the school preached by their actions and its impact on the girls and boys in the school, Edgerly’s post was shared about a 100,000 times at the time of this report.
“Today, my little sister was sent back home from her public high school for putting on the clothes as seen in the picture attached below. I’m sorry, but I need to stand up for my family and women who have been humiliated and criticized for their bodies and what they put on every day of their lives. Everyone wonders why so many women feel insecure and lack confidence about their bodies, or what they put on, and it is because they are constantly told their clothing is inappropriate or unacceptable when they are completely fully clothed, even when no cleavage or legs are shown. Instead of degrading and humiliating women for their bodies, how about educating teen boys (15-18years) on how to stop degrading females with their own eyes and therefore contributing to the present rape culture in our society today”.
She proceeded by saying, “The bottom line here is that girls can no longer go to school in comfortable clothing THAT COVERS EVERYTHING just because the school structure feels that hormonal boys cannot control their drive, eyes and their minds. This, in my opinion, is a much bigger problem than the inappropriate clothes issue.”
Edgerly also heroically stood up against the branding of young men as creatures who only look at women as sexual objects, and have no control over their hormones. Many of these young men actually see a girl in just a shirt and pants when they see Macy.
“Do I believe all boys in middle schools or high schools degrade girls for their bodies and clothing or see them as sexual objects? No, I do not believe so. My point is my sister’s outfit is NOT an inappropriate one, yet some at the school were worried her clothes might be seen like that, they sent her home for it so she could change and avoid an issue, THAT is where the problem lies. Aside from the fact that you’re sending her home for the so called inappropriate dressing, you also denied her the education for the day. So I guess it is considered more important for young boys not to be distracted than for a girl to be educated. When will we as people grasp how great a problem this is?”
We can say this might end when the present younger generation gets to lead us into a responsible and more civilized future when this present older generation no longer holds power, which is in a very short time. Dehumanization and ridiculing of women has always been an issue around the world, even in very developed societies, the sexualization of the women body still plagues the mind of young and old alike. The mentality of many of the women in this civilized societies has already been accustomed to being treated like mere ‘objects of affection’ for men. The situation is a little much worse in the second and third world nations, the women have already been conditioned from birth to think and live in order to please men, of which only a few privileged among them have transcended this level of sexual segregation of their female population. The media and other public institutions we have are either promoting or not doing enough to educate people on this sensitive topic. The job to educate and enlighten falls on the fortunate few in our world to raise awareness and implant the idea of women equality into everyone else’s minds.
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