Clare is a 17-year-old girl who was kicked out of her senior prom because some of the chaperones feared she was inspiring “impure thoughts” among the boys by swaying to the music in her regulation-length dress.
“Please, please tell me I’m not the only one who think it doesn’t matter how people are dressed or how they move their bodies, we should still treat them with respect and decency. And enough with the slut shaming. Please. Goddamn I’m not responsible for some perverted 45 year old dad lusting after me because I have a sparkly dress on and a big ass for a teenager. And if you think I am, then maybe you’re part of the problem.
Read Clare’s account of the whole infuriating saga and her excellent and righteous take-down of the idea that it ”is my responsibility to control other people’s thoughts and drives.”
Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director of Feministing.