So last year, I remember linking to an article about a teen girl who was ejected from her prom for dressing too sexy. She was told that her dress violated the school’s length requirements. There was a spirited discussion about it. I, being me, and, liberal to the point of anarchy, and having the basic belief that people should have a right to their own sexual agency by about age 14, was obviously against such regulations altogether. But even then, I can admit that the girl’s dress was kind of sexy. It was supposed to be sexy. She was going to prom. Prom only exists so that you teenagers can have an excuse to look all pretty and then sneak off, drink some Old Grandad and fuck later. That’s what prom is. People often get into a whole stink about teens (especially girls) dressing inappropriately. I see people complaining about new prom styles (like these) all the time, I don’t have a problem with it.
I get that some people do.
But then I just came across this article about 15-year-old Gabi Finlayson, who was ejected from her school formal in Utah last month for the same reason. Ok, I get that Utah was founded by the Mormon church. I get that social standards there are going to be much more strict and conservative than mine. But even disregarding all issues of teen sexuality or gender discrimination against teen girls…
Will someone please tell me what the fuck is supposed to be wrong with this dress?
Off-white lace over over an opaque lining. Mild scoop neck, well above the bustline, with lace trim covering. Sleeveless with full straps. Mid-shin length.
The article claims that the school’s dress code is pretty clear: “Formals, backless dresses and/or tops may not extend beyond the bottom of the shoulder blades. Girls’ dresses and tops must have a 2″ minimum strap on each shoulder. Shawls, boleros and other shrugs are acceptable if worn over the dress at all times. Cleavage covered.” As far as I can tell, she’s not even trying to like push the line. I mean, maybe there’s some guy whose job it is to sit there and measure dress straps to make sure they’re 2 inches and she comes in and 1.9, but the article claims that that’s not even the case.
Like I seriously don’t even get this one well enough to make fun of it.