If Seeing A Girl Braless Bothers You, Then Stop Looking

If Seeing A Girl Braless Bothers You, Then Stop Looking

Nipples and breasts are not inherently sexual.
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School dress codes have always been designed in a way that sexualizes young girls, yet the girls are the ones that are punished for the supposed dress code violations that result from someone objectifying them.

Lizzy Martinez, a student at Braden River High School, was forced to cover her nipples with Bandaids when she was pulled out of class for not wearing a bra under her shirt. It was seen as a distraction to the other students for her to be in class without a bra on because a boy was laughing at her and a teacher was uncomfortable. Last time I checked, it is nobody’s business whether Martinez or any other woman wears a bra or not, so why were they staring at her for so long? She did not ask the boy or the teacher to oogle at her breasts. All she did was decide to go to school without a bra on because she probably wanted to feel more comfortable. Yes, shocking I know, not all women see bras as the most enjoyable thing to wear.

It is ridiculous that the boy that was staring at Martinez’ nipples was not punished or spoken to for sexualizing her. Why does it matter if you could see her nipples when most of the time everyone can see a man’s nipples through the shirt they are wearing. It is only an issue because a woman’s nipples and breasts are associated with sex despite just being body parts that everyone has. Allowing Martinez’ classmate to get away with objectifying and embarrassing her in front of their classmates further teaches boys that that kind of behavior is acceptable. It is especially pathetic that Martinez’ teacher was incapable of keeping his eyes off of her breasts because teachers are supposed to model for their students how they should act as adults.

One of the most outrageous parts of the entire story is that school officials had Martinez put on a second shirt and then jump around to see how much her breasts moved to prove that it was distracting for her to not be wearing a bra. Having a group of adults stand around a young girl and watch her chest to see if her breasts jiggle is sexual harassment. There is no reason for Martinez to have been targeted by her school for not wearing a bra because if a boy had worn the same shirt as her and had his nipples showing, everyone would have continued on with their day. Seeing a woman’s nipples is only an “issue” because of how our society sexualizes women.

Martinez was the victim in this situation. She did nothing wrong by going to school without a bra on because it is ridiculous that girls are expected to wear bras in the first place because boys have never had that same rule applied to them. Her teacher and school officials believed that shaming her over her nipples was more important than her education, and I hope that they are punished for their actions. They are the ones with the problem if all they can think about when seeing a young girl’s nipples is that it will be hard for students and teachers to focus because of the sex appeal.

Sexualizing young girls is disgusting and I am glad to hear that Martinez has been receiving support from her classmates. She is currently planning a protest to fight back against the school’s sexist dress code policy.

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8 Things You Should Never Say To An Education Major

"Is your homework just a bunch of coloring?"
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Yes, I'm an Education major, and yes, I love it. Your opinion of the field won't change my mind about my future. If you ever happen to come across an Education major, make sure you steer clear of saying these things, or they might hold you in from recess.

1. "Is your homework just a bunch of coloring?"

Um, no, it's not. We write countless lesson plans and units, match standards and objectives, organize activities, differentiate for our students, study educational theories and principles, and write an insane amount of papers on top of all of that. Sometimes we do get to color though and I won't complain about that.

2. "Your major is so easy."

See above. Also, does anyone else pay tuition to have a full-time job during their last semester of college?

3. "It's not fair that you get summers off."

Are you jealous? Honestly though, we won't really get summers off. We'll probably have to find a second job during the summer, we'll need to keep planning, prepping our classroom, and organizing to get ready for the new school year.

4. “That's a good starter job."

Are you serious..? I'm not in this temporarily. This is my career choice and I intend to stick with it and make a difference.

5. “That must be a lot of fun."

Yes, it definitely is fun, but it's also a lot of hard work. We don't play games all day.

6. “Those who can't, teach."

Just ugh. Where would you be without your teachers who taught you everything you know?

7. “So, you're basically a babysitter."

I don't just monitor students, I teach them.

8. “You won't make a lot of money."

Ah yes, I'm well aware, thanks for reminding me. Teachers don't teach because of the salary, they teach because they enjoy working with students and making a positive impact in their lives.

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No, A Colored Student Did Not 'Steal Your Spot,' They Worked Hard To Get Here

I keep hearing this ignorant question of, "How come illegal immigrants can get scholarships, but I can't?"

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Real talk, this whole "they're stealing our resources!" thing has to stop.

It ranges from welfare to acceptance letters into prestigious universities. People (and by people, I'm referring to those who identify as white) have made the assumption that they are having their opportunities stolen by people of color. That's ridiculous.

I love my university. I love the people at my university. However, when I sit in a classroom and look around at my colleagues, the majority of them are white. Of course, there are some classes that are filled with more people of color, but for the most part, they're predominantly white. So, let's say that out of a classroom of 30 students, only 7 identify as people of color.

In what world can somebody make the argument that those 7 students are stealing the spot of a white student? I don't think people realize how hard those 7 students had to work just to be in the same spot as their white counterparts.

Let me use my experience: I am a Latina woman who is attending university on a full-ride scholarship. I don't always tell people about this, because I don't feel like being asked, "wow, what did you do to get that?!" A lot. I keep hearing this ignorant question of, "How come illegal immigrants can get scholarships, but I can't?"

First off, those "illegal immigrants" you're bashing, don't even qualify for financial aid. They don't qualify for most scholarships, actually. Second, have you considered that maybe, that "illegal immigrant" worked hard in and outside of school to earn their scholarship? I received my full-ride scholarship on the basis of my GPA, but also because I am a lower-class woman of color and was selected because I am disproportionately affected by poverty and access to a quality education.

So, this scholarship was literally created because there is an understanding that minorities don't have the same access to education as our white counterparts. It's not a handout though, I had to work hard to get the money that I have now. When white students get scholarships, it's not a handout but when you're Latina like me, apparently it is.

This way of viewing minorities and their education is damaging, and further discourages these people from receiving a quality education. We didn't steal anybody's spot, we had to work to get where we are, twice as hard as our white colleagues that are not discriminated against on a daily basis.

Instead of tearing down students of color because you didn't get a scholarship, why not criticize the American education system instead? It's not our fault tuition is $40k a year, and we have no reason to apologize for existing in a space that is predominantly white.

To students of color: you worked hard to get where you are, and I am proud of you. To white students: I'm proud of you too. We all worked hard to get to where we are now, let's lift each other up, not put each other down.

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