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.

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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Thank you for everything

I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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