None of us should be surprised Wasatch High Officials are a bunch of sexist prudes

I suppose in all fairness, we should probably acknowledge that girls in small town Utah are all sluts. And in digitally altering their photos to make their clothing appear modest, school officials are actually doing them a favor so their slutdom won’t be memorialized. Right? Seriously? Amirite?

The contretemps over Wasatch High School’s decision to alter girls photos has gone national and as with many such stories out of Utah, has served to make the entire state look like a bunch of pearl-clutching prudes. Honestly, school officials should have known there was no way this would turn out well and have not done it in the first.

The free-range morons who run Wasatch High School have defended their decision to edit the photos. Their defense would be hilarious if it weren’t obvious that they’re serious about it. Their argument is that students were warned they should not violate dress code and photos might be edited – and that they feel bad it was inconsistently done. In other words, “Why won’t all you sluts shut up and stop causing trouble?”

The editing involved adding sleaves to sleeveless tops, removing tattoos and adding necklines that the bluenoses think are more fitting. Of course the whole sorry affair is about nothing more than slut-shaming and double standards. It’s about a religious culture that tries to convince girls to cover up lest they inflame male desire. It’s about a cult of modesty that distrusts women and disdains female sexuality. It’s about a double standard that says it’s women’s job to control male sexuality by not doing anything that might possibly make people think women are sexual beings.

That photos of boys weren’t edited at all is no surprise. Of course there’s a double standard at work. Of course it’s sexist. The problem with the girls’ outfits is entirely in the minds of school officials who deemed them too sexy, not in what the girls were wearing or what their tattoos said.

  1. #1 by brewski on May 31, 2014 - 1:12 pm

    How many boys were wearing tank tops in their yearbook pictures?

  2. #2 by cav on May 31, 2014 - 2:22 pm

    For the sake of the young men’s morality cleavage must be eradicated! Eleventy!!

    Help me somebody…is there a need for a (,) anywhere in the above?

    Photo-shop jail attire on about half of them…especially any of ‘color’ – probably no sweat at Wasatch High.

  3. #3 by brewski on May 31, 2014 - 3:01 pm

    Problem doesn’t exist with uniforms. They are all wearing the same thing and they are all modest.

  4. #4 by Richard Warnick on June 1, 2014 - 10:25 am

    This story has gone international. Here it is in De Standaard (Belgian equivalent of the New York Times):

    Blote armen en decolletés bijgewerkt op schoolfoto’s

    • #5 by brewski on June 1, 2014 - 1:05 pm

      Equivalent of the NYT? That’s pretty harsh criticism.

      • #6 by Richard Warnick on June 1, 2014 - 4:44 pm

        Yeah, De Standaard tilts to the right. Just like the NYT when they threw journalistic standards out the window to support the Bush administration.

        • #7 by brewski on June 1, 2014 - 7:15 pm

          Journalistic standards is sort of like jumbo shrimp.

  5. #8 by Larry Bergan on June 1, 2014 - 11:02 am

    I have the sarcastic solution…

    Henceforth, photo-shopping will be OK for righties and illegal for lefty’s.

    I’m already starting to smell the stench building up in the majority of the supreme court.

  6. #9 by Richard Warnick on June 1, 2014 - 11:58 am

    Related story, not Utah this time:

    Teen Girl Accuses School Of ‘Shaming Girls For Their Bodies’ After Being Sent Home For Wearing Shorts

    A 15-year-old student in Quebec, Canada launched a protest of her high school dress code last week by refusing to change out of jean shorts deemed too short by school authorities. Rather than comply with the rule, Lindsey Stocker printed 20 posters criticizing the policy and hung them all over her high school. The signs read: “Don’t humiliate her because she’s wearing shorts. It’s hot outside. Instead of shaming girls for their bodies, teach boys that girls are not sexual objects.” Though posters were quickly taken down, their message has gone viral, eliciting an outpouring of support from students.

    Apparently there is something called the “fingertip rule” that determines how short your shorts can be at school. There is something to be said on both sides of the argument. I tend to think that students ought to have freedom, and that promotes a learning environment. Others say that school is the equivalent of the workplace, and everybody at school ought to dress appropriately for work.

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