Oh, BYU, here we go again. So, you know how Brigham Young University's Idaho campus put the kibosh on skinny jeans a few months ago, because they're too ... tight? Well, now the outfit of a flowered knee-length dress, black leggings, boots, and a cardigan is being deemed too provocative, also. Ironically, though, not by the school itself, but by a male student who wrote a female student a completely offensive, totally out of line note. You're dying to know what it said, aren't you?
Here's what was handed to Brittany Molina by a male student:
You may want to consider that what you're wearing has a negative effect on men (and women) around you. Many people come to this university because they feel safe, morally as well as physically, here. They expect others to abide by the Honor Code that we all agreed on. Please consider your commitment to the Honor Code (which you agreed to) when dressing each day. Thank you.
Holy sancti-mony! This note is amazingly condescending and rude. Especially since what Brittany was wearing wasn't provocative or risque in the slightest. Aside from her face and neck, she was completely covered up. What did this guy want her to do, wear a ski mask? If her outfit doesn't make this dude feel safe -- morally or physically -- well, he ought to reevaluate ever leaving his house. It's a big, scary world out there!
I get that BYU is a private institution and the fact of the matter is they can instill whatever rules and dress codes they want. But. When it comes to dress codes, things are twice as annoying and frustrating for women. And not just because tee-hee, girls like clothes!, because women are viewed as sexual objects and virtually anything they wear can be construed as "inappropriate" (see above).
I'm glad that Brittany didn't feel offended by the ridiculous note she got. I'm happy she mockingly posted it to Twitter (and that everyone seems to agree with her). Because the only thing worse than this silly little letter would have been if it skewed her sense of right and wrong. 'Cause she did nothing wrong.
Do you think what Brittany is wearing could be categorized as "unsafe"?
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