In some schools, there are certain rules and regulations when it comes to the dress code of students. There are also other schools who implement no regulation when it comes to what their students wear.
Whichever the case may be, it is still up to the students on how they will carry themselves with dignity despite the clothes they wear.
In this certain case of a student from Cornell University, she simply decided to strip down to her underwear during a thesis presentation in a bid to fight ‘oppressive beliefs’ after her professor allegedly criticized the length of her shorts.
In a report by Unilad, a student named Letitia Chai removed her top and shorts in front of her teachers and fellow students Saturday during her honor thesis presentation.
The Ivy League school student claims it was in protest against her Acting in Public professor Rebekah Maggor who she says told her her shorts were too skimpy during a trial run of the presentation.
As photos of her went viral online, Chai decided to share her side of the story via Facebook.
This is what she wrote on her Facebook post:
“The first thing that the professor said to me was “is that really what you would wear?”
She, a white woman, continued: “Your shorts are too short”.
The professor proceeded to tell me, in front of my whole class, that I was inviting the male gaze away from the content of my presentation and onto my body.
She said I was making a statement by wearing my outfit. I told her that I sure as hell wouldn’t change my statement to make her or anyone else feel more comfortable.”
On her part, the teacher said this in an interview:
“I do not tell my students what to wear, nor do I define for them what constitutes appropriate dress. I ask them to reflect for themselves and make their own decisions.”
Chai’s fellow students claimed that Maggor had an “error in phrasing” her comment towards Chai’s clothing. What she meant to emphasize was “the importance of professionalism in certain public speaking situations.”
They also told the media that the said professor repeatedly apologized for her initial comments and conceded to the argument that ‘the notion of ‘short shorts’ on women carry a lot of cultural and political baggage.’
On the other hand, as the post had many hits online, netizens had varied reactions regarding the issue. There are others who sided with Chai saying that she was really brave in fighting for her cause. There are also other who criticized Chai saying that what she did was childish in its entirety.
Watch the part of the live video of here presentation here:
Sure, there is always two sides to the story. Nonetheless, people are entitled to their own opinions and whatever that may be, it should be respected by everyone around them.