• Tue, Jun 4 2013

This Girl Was Turned Away From Prom For Being Too Busty

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High school administrators are continuing their tireless quest to protect America from the bodies of teenage girls.

Brittany Minder, a high school senior in Washington State, was recently turned away from her prom at the door because school officials said her strapless dress showed too much cleavage. Strapless dresses were allowed at the dress, but Brittany’s was considered particularly inappropriate because she has large breasts.

“In my opinion, I feel that it is because I’m bigger chested and there is more cleavage that you can see, and there’s nothing I could really do about that,” she said in an interview with KATU.

The school’s dress code said strapless dresses were acceptable as long as they covered the cleavage, midriff, and lower back. Brittany’s didn’t fully cover her cleavage, because most dresses would be hard-pressed to do that.

“All women are not created equal, and you can not compare a golf ball to a grapefruit. It ain’t gonna happen,” Brittany’s mother said.

Brittany said she’s worn dresses with similar necklines to school dances in the past without incident, but she was apparently just too busty for prom. When she arrived at the dance in her beloved purple dress, officials wouldn’t let her in until they’d wrapped her up in a big shawl to cover her chest, even though making a big deal out of her figure and covering her in a shawl seems like it would draw much more attention than just ignoring it.

After being covered up to prevent a riot or something, Brittany said she only stuck around for one miserable hour.

“I felt self-conscious and they took the magic out of the night,” she said. “It was tough being there after all that happened. I didn’t feel comfortable. I already had a blow to my self-esteem. I didn’t really want to be there anymore.”

Brittany’s father says it’s been obvious from the start that the school was not being even-handed in their enforcement of the rule, and that seems pretty believable. People frequently judge clothes differently based on the bodies of the women inside them. Back when I was in high school, I covered my flat-from-every-direction figure with all manner of clothes that were just over the “unacceptable” line in my school’s dress code, but I never got detention or even scolded. Meanwhile, my friends with more glamorous figures couldn’t cross a hallway without a dean falling on them with a tape measure to make sure their skirts and blouses were safely over the modesty line.

Breasts are not the enemy. Schools have seriously got to stop policing cleavage and treating busty girls as though their figures are somehow more shameful or scandalous than those of their less busty classmates.

Via Gawker/Photo: KATU

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  • Vickie

    I had 34 GG’s by the time I was a senior in high school, I was constantly harassed by school officials no matter how hard I tried to cover them up while still trying to fit in with other students with how I dressed. I definitely know this girls pain.

  • Amanda

    They set rules ahead of time, and she knew what they were. I’m sorry, but I hate when larger chested girls try to use this as an excuse. A girl I went to high school with had HUGE boobs, at least a G and I had never once seen her with her breasts/cleavage out; she always dressed cute while still dressing appropriate for school (and yes, even for prom), so it always made me laugh when other girls in my classes tried to tell our teachers that because they were a C or larger, they couldn’t cover up.

  • http://www.JVE.biz/ Rug Ratz

    Interesting how she covered up for the TV interview … but that’s not stylish enough for the prom? But I think the prom teachers did go overboard … I’ve seen much worse.