As first reported by WJAX-TV, a Florida high school has digitally altered the school yearbook photos of about 80 girls, much to their dismay and their parents.’
Although the young ladies were dressed in accordance with the school’s code, their chests and shoulders were digitally covered by the yearbook’s coordinator, a woman, who deemed their photos “inappropriate.”
Gotta cover those shoulders, huh?
“You’re not only affecting their photo,” said Riley O’Keefe, a ninth-grader at Bartram Trail High School whose photo was digitally altered.
“It’s not just protecting them. You’re making them uncomfortable and feel like their bodies aren’t acceptable in a yearbook.”
The girls said the alterations made them feel ashamed and exposed.
“I felt confident that day and like I looked good,” ninth-grader Zoe Iannone. “I was in dress code, and then, when I sent it to my mom and all of us saw it, I felt very sexualized, like that was what they were worrying about.”
To add insult to injury, the same high school yearbook published at least one swim team photo of boys in nothing but Speedos.
While there are probably “some” girls 13-18 who might use poor judgment and need to be watched, we shouldn’t be over-the-top in censoring biological norms. After all, the United States isn’t Saudi Arabia.
Fact: Teenage girls biologically develop. There’s no way around that. And if a girl has bigger-than-average breasts, it’s nothing she should be ashamed of.
While underage females who go out of their way to excessively flaunt their curves should be reprimanded, teens shouldn’t be forced to go out of their way to hide them for fear of being labeled loose, easy, or disrespectful.
It is what it is. Women are biologically different than men.
The district is offering a refund for parents who didn’t appreciate their daughters’ photos being altered.