The Huffington Post deleted a blog post from a contributor that wrote a piece shaming young female college students for not wearing enough clothing at football games.
In the piece she says, “An Alabama student myself not 20 years ago, I remember what fun it was to dress up for football games. My friends and I would scour the racks of Banana Republic and other favorite stores for anything and everything crimson. We’d swap favorite pieces, share accessories and pull together our ‘best look’ week after week, not only for those cute fraternity boys, but also to cheer on the mighty Tide.” Obviously this part is pretty standard for most college students and I have no problem with–it’s what she said afterwards that opened the floodgates.
“What we didn’t want, and what we never did, was to show up for a college football game looking like we belonged in a Victoria’s Secret fashion show. More than once at that last ballgame, I wished I could have wrapped my elephant scarf around one of you, teetering around on stilettos with your bra straps exposed and operating under the misguided notion that you looked irresistible. I wondered if your mother knew what you were wearing.”
The real problem with her point of view is that it is clearly so narrow, and in the vein that “all” these girls are just dressing a certain way to gain attention and impress the opposite sex. When in reality, I’m a firm believer in dressing for yourself, and whenever I wear something form-fitting or something that could be considered promiscuous, it’s for me, and makes me feel good about my body! Assuming that women should adhere to old traditions of ‘covering up’ isn’t fair to women and only sets back the progress we’ve made to form a sisterhood.