May 28, 2015

#croptopday: Stop Sexualizing My Outfit!

Rebel Staff
 

The firestorm that has erupted after Alexi Halket, an 18-year-old student at the Etobicoke School of the Arts in Toronto, wore what she feels comfortable in to class has gone global.

Although facing no disciplinary action, the likely traumatizing prospect of having to wear something more akin to the traditional defintion of ‘shirt’ led to the massive uprising for social justice known as Crop Top Day. Let me be the millionth to say, “Amen!”  

Asking young women to cover up in schools (or anywhere else for that matter) is a perpetuation of the misogynistic patriarchal norms that objectify women. After all, why should a young woman have to conform to norms because testerone riddled young males are so incapable of self control and would treat classmates like pieces of eye candy? “Because I wanted to feel very beautiful, look very beautiful and feel very confident in myself and be happy — and they were sexualizing my outfit,” the champion for all woman-kind told reporters. After all, what’s next? Niqabs? Injustices like dress codes and slavery all have their time to be broken down.

But in my extremely humble opinion, this campaign doesn’t go far enough. I’m sick of being treated differently just because I have a Y chromosome.

So today at The Rebel office I too took a bold step to break down the shackles of society.

The reaction from my female feminism-apologist co-workers just goes to show how much more work me, Alexi, and other like minded righteous individuals have ahead of us to break down the walls built up by generations past who told us to be ashamed of our bodies.

“Put a shirt back on,” screamed one female objectifier as if she’d never seen a midrift before.

Just because she might find my body distracting doesn’t give her the right to trample on MY rights. I soon found myself being stared at and yes, even mocked, by co-workers of the opposite sex. How dare they?! I’m trying to fight for justice in a world where young women everywhere are being told to ‘wear something appropriate’.

I won’t let Ezra sexualize my outfit or tell me how I can or can’t express myself just because of the response my body garners from others who lack self control.

 

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commented 2015-06-03 15:32:22 -0400
when i go to the cafeteria for my food, I don’t want her hanging out potentially distributing her lethal body odour or uncontained air borne germs that will impregnate my meal. My rights are being eroded for the sake of lack of modesty. Supreme court here i come.
commented 2015-06-02 00:52:22 -0400
what is wrong with modesty??
commented 2015-05-29 11:38:36 -0400
Now, I would allow this for art students, as art is a little more about expression, than professionalism, unless you get into symphony orchestra, where professionalism is still pretty big.

However, you go to most Colleges and Universities to enter a higher paying Career, where Responsibility and Professionalism are very heavily integrated into everything you do, so… oh wait… most of these women are taking degrees that have no corresponding career other than to become professional protesters, if you can consider that a real job.

So never mind, your not even going into a career, so it doesn’t matter.
commented 2015-05-29 08:01:06 -0400
@ Yvette Mozol…"Discipline seems to be lacking with many young people today & the result is to rebel & protest against rules & regulations that don’t suit them. Pitiful!!! "

WHAT AN UNDERSTATEMENT!….“SEEMS to be lacking”? They haven’t learned what IS IMPORTANT and have nothing of importance to SAY…so they think what they wear is the only way to express themselves…since they have not developed their minds or their character. Immature STILL at 18…they need a rude awakening and I’m afraid they will get it sooner than later…as “the wolf is at the door”…need I explain? The price of liberty is eternal vigilance…not radical clothing.
commented 2015-05-28 22:58:36 -0400
She says that “young women everywhere are being told to wear something appropriate”…..so wearing a bikini to church would be OK. You dress according to the situation…….you would not wear a cocktail dress to the baseball game…..or……a parka to the beach…& so on & so on. I am certainly not a prude but, tank tops & spaghetti strap tops are apparel you might wear when going to the park or see a baseball game or biking but not for the classroom. You are there to learn, not model. I agree with you Prince re: huge difference between dressing attractively & dressing to attract. Discipline seems to be lacking with many young people today & the result is to rebel & protest against rules & regulations that don’t suit them. Pitiful!!!
commented 2015-05-28 21:08:55 -0400
You’re going to a supposedly educational institution, not a night club.
Grow up and dress up.
commented 2015-05-28 21:00:33 -0400
P.S. ‘THE TOP doesn’t MAKE her look beautiful…boy is she confused!…just look what it did for the ‘Rebel’ guy…it is his beard that makes him beautiful, not the ‘top’…for her the ring in the nose is the main beauty mark! :)
commented 2015-05-28 20:55:42 -0400
She IS wearing a niqab…it just slipped down a bit…
commented 2015-05-28 20:25:09 -0400
I don’t get it. Females want the right to wear whatever they want (and some of it is next to nothing), and then resent the catcalls that often come with said [lack of] clothing. Don’t want the catcalls and “harassment”? Dress modestly. There’s a HUGE difference between dressing attractively, and dressing to attract. This (the article) is the latter. And with the latter comes the resulting catcalls and objectification (if that’s a word). The feminists will decry me, but it’s a statement of truth. Frankly, as much as I might admire a well-toned body, I’m not attracted to someone who dresses like a hooker. But she will attract those who are, with the resultant consequences (because they will see her as such and treat her as such).

Bottom line, you have the right to dress the way you like. You also have the right and responsibility for the results of how you dress. The two come as a package. You may not want them to, but they do. Welcome to the real world.
commented 2015-05-28 16:27:27 -0400
Me either Roger Thornhill…it’s like a hair stuck under your eyelid…and besides according to Joan’s research it loaded with E coli bacteria.
commented 2015-05-28 16:19:00 -0400
I don’t like hair stuck to my eye candy.
commented 2015-05-28 15:25:15 -0400
She’s 18 she’ll probably be in the NDP caucus in the next few months, she has media experience now!
commented 2015-05-28 15:14:56 -0400
You fail to sign your blogpost. The man is so proud of his midriff he doesn’t name himself. :)