This is disgusting.
A story has been making its way around the web about a 17-year-old homeschooled girl, Clare Schlaudt, who was kicked out of the Richmond Homeschool Prom for no real reason other than that she looked fabulous and skeevy dads couldn’t contain themselves.
Clare detailed her story on sister Hännah Ettinger’s blog, Wine and Marble, and explained everything from the beginning.
First, she looked everywhere for the perfect dress that fit within the fingertip-length dress code requirement. She found an adorable, sparkly, form-fitting number that was 100% within their fingertip rule.
Clare was so excited to get to the prom with her boyfriend, but was told at the door that she couldn’t go inside. After proving her dress was within the dress code, “Mrs. D” finally let the 5’9 leggy teen inside, cautioning her to keep it pulled down.
At the dance, there were around 500 people, some of which had dresses much shorter than Clare’s, she notes. There were also a bunch of dads chaperoning from the balcony, aka looking down at all of the girls.
Since some of the kids there were only 13-15 years old, Clare’s 5’9 17-year-old self stood out and it wasn’t 15 minutes before Mrs. D was back, telling her that she had to leave.
Mrs. D's reason: The dads were complaining that Clare was making the young men there think IMPURE THOUGHTS. They also said that she was dancing provocatively, but she’d just been standing with her friends!
In fact, when Clare’s friends came to affirm that she hadn’t been dancing, they were told to go away too!
So, they asked Clare to leave, and after some respectful (on Clare’s side anyway) back-and-forth, they told Clare she could get a refund but not her date or her friends who rode there with her. Then, after the group was finally promised refunds, they left, only to receive a message later that no one would get their money back.
Oh, and when Clare asked to talk to the woman in charge of it all, they just said no.
At the end of her story, Clare explained the things that were the most insulting from this whole ordeal, and she said it best here:
“I was told that the way I dressed and moved my body was causing men to think inappropriately about me, implying that it is my responsibility to control other people’s thoughts and drives… Enough with the slut shaming. Please. Goddamn I’m not responsible for some perverted 45 year old dad lusting after me because I have a sparkly dress on and a big ass for a teenager. And if you think I am, then maybe you’re part of the problem.”
Since then, the Richmond Homeschool Prom has deleted their Facebook page, but haven’t commented on the situation.
What can they really say? Sorry that we let men’s uncontrollable minds dictate what young ladies can wear?
Puh-lease! Learn about equality sometime!
And Clare, we just love your stand on this issue, and you and your date looked fantastic!
[Image via Wine and Marble.]
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