Canadian teen writes letter to vice principal over dress deemed inappropriate
COLUMBUS (WSYX) -- Lauren Wiggins, a high school student in New Brunswick, Canada, was recently given detention for her clothes.According to Wiggins, her halter dress was deemed "inappropriate" and a "sexual distraction" by her teacher. Wiggins disagreed with the statement, saying it was unfair women have to alter their clothing options but male students do not.
Wiggins took her frustrations to pen and paper, and wrote a letter to her Vice Principal about the situation. The letter reads:"Dear [Vice Principal] Sturgeon,I have a concern I would like to bring to your attention. In today's society, a woman's body is constantly discriminated against and hypersexualized to the point where we can no longer wear the clothing that we feel comfortable in without the accusation and/or assumption that we are being provocative. This unjust mindset towards women is absolutely absurd. The fact that authority figures, especially males, can tell young women they must cover up their shoulders and their backs because it's "inappropriate" and "a distraction" is very uncomforting. Schools are the social building blocks in an adolescent's life meant to teach them how to communicate and develop relationships with others and also learning about themselves and who they want to be. It's preached upon us to be individual, to be ourselves. The double standard here is that when we try, we are then told we're wrong. We may not truly dress, act or speak how we want because authority figures, and I use that term very loosely such as yourself, tell us we can't. Yes, I understand there are restrictions to how much and how little of your body that shows, but that applies when people show up in their bikinis or bra and panties. Though I do believe women should legally be allowed to publicly be shirtless considering males are, it's mindsets like yours that keep that as something that is shamed upon. So no, Mr. Sturgeon, I will not search for something to cover up my back and shoulders because I am not showing them off with the intention to gain positive sexual feedback from the teenage boys in my school. I am especially not showing them to receive any comments, positive or negative, from anybody else besides myself because the only person who can make any sort of judgment on my body and the fabrics I place on it is me.If you are truly so concerned that a boy in this school will get distracted by my upper back and shoulders then he needs to be sent home and practice self control.Thank you, have a nice day."
According to Buzzfeed, Wiggins received a one-day suspension after sending the letter.Wiggins writes on Facebook: "Enough is enough. I'm tired of the unjust standards that we as women are held up to. I'm tired of the discrimination against our bodies, and I'm absolutely fed up with comments that make us feel like we can't be comfortable without being provocative. It's time to change the worlds mindset. Now."
Photos: Lauren Wiggins/Facebook