shoulders are sexy?
Dear Dress Code...
...We need to talk.
In school, the greatest fashion faux pas you can make is to dare distract the boys.
Now now, don't write me off as a raging SJW quite yet my dear readers, I have substance to backup my claims. Mainly, a part of the body so scandalous, so dastardly provocative, that it must stay covered at all times - NO EXCUSES! In fact, this body part may even get you expelled if shown, whether in person or on a social media post relating to the school or workplace attended. Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you: The Shoulder.
Dear God, just look at her. Don't be fooled by her seemingly professional (and some would argue classic) Blouse and black dress trouser combo, nor be deceived by her simple belt and appropriate makeup choices. This woman, is so obviously a hazard to those around her, daring to strut forth through her place of work with her bright bare shoulders. Atrocious!
Now, as you might have been able to tell, I don't actually consider bare shoulders to be qualities of a "reprehensible young lady." But, for some reason, school administration and office higher-ups often do. You might also think to yourself - why are shoulders now being equated to private parts, why must they be covered at all times, there must be some sort of reasoning for all of this. And you'd be right. There is.
Apparently, men find shoulder's sexy. And to be attracted, means to be distracted. And we cant have that now can we? The male gaze is something that simply cant be helped by their holders, and therefore as women, it is our job to make sure we come off as unattractive as possible so as not to disturb the peace, at least according to this rule. The issue with that concept, however, is that employers, teachers and whoever else don't want us to be unattractive as most dress codes would make you think. They would like women to continue to be appealing, but in a modest way. Just enough to still be pretty, but just little enough to avoid slipping into the 'slut' zone. But who the hell made shoulders slutty?
Look people. Everyone should have this thing, called common sense. You may have heard of it. I hope you've heard of it. And if you haven't? Here's a tidbit for you to learn.
It's not my job to control men's bodies, or anyone else's bodies. It's theirs. Why should I have to wear sleeves on a sweltering hot spring or summer day, because Johnny can't keep from popping a rod in the back of the classroom? Even if someone were to make the argument that it's strapless tops that aren't appropriate, well then fine. I can understand that. But please explain why I can't wear something like this?
What's so scandalous about this? If Joe can't keep his eyes off me, that's on him. Furthermore, I don't want to hear any more crap about how my shoulders can 'ruin my relationship with my colleagues or my professors'. What are you advocating there, that if i'm sexually assaulted it's my own shoulder's fault? Pfft, please.
I hear other American's talking about how sexist muslim men are, how stupid it is that just showing an ankle is stigmatized. Well to those people, I say, please shut up. And look, ad my amazing, God given, shoulders of awesomeness.
18, Freshman Finance major at Howard University in Washington DC. Can't wait to go to Law school though!