Teen Girl Shamed For Modest Dress (Photos)

| by Nicholas Roberts
Gabi Finlayson, 15Gabi Finlayson, 15

A Utah high school reportedly told a student that her dress had to be covered up because it was "inappropriate."

Even though 15-year-old Gabi Finlayson's dress met dress code standards, she was immediately approached and made to feel embarrassed by a school representative, according to LittleThings.

Finlayson had gotten the dress in Paris and wanted to wear something in the style of Audrey Hepburn.

Particularly frustrating for her was the fact that even after buying the dress, she took several extra measures to make sure it was appropriate to wear to a school dance. She took the underlying bodice higher so that it would cover as much skin as possible.

But upon entering the school with her date for a dance, Finlayson was approached by a school representative and was embarrassed.

"She said, 'Would you mind putting on a shawl?' I didn't want to make a big scene so I said, yes. I had a coat in the car so I had to go back and get it," said Finlayson.

She was angered by what she saw as the school forcing her to wear a winter coat over her dress, KUTV reports.

"Somehow my shoulders are sexualized. Like it's my responsibility to make sure the boys' thoughts are not unclean."

She added that many girls were wearing more revealing dresses than hers at the dance and criticized the apparent double standard.

Finlayson's mother, Kristy Kimball, was also angry.

"How have we gotten to the point that we look at shoulders as if they're somehow pornographic? As if they are this shameful thing," said Kimball.

Finlayson also said that she felt she was shamed for wearing what most people would consider a perfectly normal and appropriate dress.

"Maybe instead of teaching girls they should cover themselves up, we should be teaching boys that we’re not just sex objects that you can look at and derive pleasure," she said.

Sources: LittleThings, KUTV / Photo Credit: Kristy Kimball/Today via LittleThings

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