When I first head the phrase "Slutty Wednesday," I thought maybe must have something to do with a strip club promotion or an epsidode of the Jersey Shore. I didn't expect it to be a protest put on by the smartest kids in New York City.
But 100 students from Stuyvesant High, an elite public school not far from the World Trade area, hit the streets in risque outfits to rally against the school's dress code, which bans girls exposing their shoulders, midriffs, lower backs, bras and underwear.
The kids showed up in tank tops, booty-shorts, and minis. It was like a Forever 21 parade.
At first I thought this must be a lot like the bra burning protests of the 60s. Independent young women feeling oppressed and restricted by puritanical rules of society.
Then I thought, what parent would want their daughter to show off their bra in school. And why would she even want to. Half naked at the beach, I get. Half naked in the school cafeteria, not so much. Does exposing a midriff allow more oxygen to your brain for better test taking? Does wearing a sheer top help you power through calculus?
One 9th grader, who said she has been sent to the office 10 times for showing off too much cleavage, midriff or shoulder, told the New York Post:
“We work our asses off here, and school is about learning. Clothing is not important. Sometimes, the teachers will call you out in the hallway, [but] I like what I wear. I want to have my own style in school. A lot of the classrooms don’t have a/c’s and when it is 80 degrees outside and it is really hot, it’s perfectly OK to show a little skin.”
Oh please! The school isn't making them wear burkas. They can wear skirts as long as they extend beyond your finger tips when your arms are straight at your side. That's not even knee-length!
Boys in tanks came out to support the cause, saying that the administration's attempt to keep the girls covered was not only biased but also unfairly painted them as horndog teens who are distracted by all that skin on display. Okay? And? Is that really so off-base? Maybe teenage boys have changed since I was in high school.
As one girl giggled to Pix 11 News, "I don't know if we made the point we wanted to make, but we made a point."
Sure did. And it's that teens, even the super smart ones, are entirely too vapid and superficial.
Is the right to sport a strapless top at school really protest-worthy. They can't be so wrapped up in their little Gossip Girl-esque bubble that they have not noticed the wars, poverty and crime going in around the world. THIS is what they band together for.
Now I admire the organization, the tenacity and the gumption. But just imagine the impact they would have made if they chose to protest something ... well .... important.
Check out a video of the protest here:
What do you think of the "Slutty Wednesday" protest?