Are you ready to see the dress that got Utah high schooler Gabi Finalyson sent home from a dance last weekend because it was "too inappropriate"? I hope you're prepared—it's pretty risqué. Oh, wait, no it's not.
Yep, that's the "inappropriate dress." Gabi bought the bead and lace dress in Paris on a trip with her family because it reminded her of her idol, Audrey Hepburn. She even had it altered to make sure it was covering, as she puts it, "everything." The straps met the "2-inch minimum strap" requirement, her back was not exposed "beyond the bottom of the shoulder blades," and, yet, when she arrived at the dance, she was asked to wear her winter coat the entire night.
Both Gabi and her mom have raised a number of questions that deserve answers, including why we look at shoulders as if they're "somehow pornographic." I mean, seriously—even if every boy at that school had a shoulder fetish, that is not Gabi's problem.
Gabi has a brilliant, yet simple, solution that would probably resolve every dress code controversy that seem to crop up all too often. Ready? Here it is: "Maybe instead of teaching girls that they should cover themselves up, we should be teaching boys that we're not sex objects that they can look at."
She may only be 15, but she certainly seems to get the root of the problem much more than the school administrators who are constantly making girls and young women feel ashamed for having, y'know, female bodies.
Here's the full interview with KUTV: