Utah High School Photoshops Female Yearbook Photos to Show Less Skin

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A school in Utah photoshopped the images of female students in the yearbook to cover shoulders and other parts of their upper bodies. Because as we all know the bare flesh of a young girl's upper arm and/or shoulder is nothing but a path to filthy sin and the ultimate destruction of humanity.


Some female students at Wasatch High School are pissed and rightly so. A group of school officials decided to arbitrarily edit selected photos of some girls to add sleeves or raise necklines. It's about as stupid an unnecessary as it sounds. Students are pushing the school for answers as to why some images were retouched and others weren't. Via Fox 13:

"I feel like they put names in a hat and pick and choose who. There were plenty of girls that were wearing thicker tank tops and half of them got edited and half of them didn't," sophomore Rachel Russel said.

And that's what bothered the girls the most. It seemed like the school randomly picked which pictures to edit. In one case, two different girls were wearing nearly identical tops: one photo was altered to add sleeves and the other was not.

In this example, it appears as if the school opted to edit out this student's tattoo:

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The school has the typical SORRY NOT SORRY AT ALL response you'd expect at a time like this. "We only apologize in the sense that we want to be more consistent with what we're trying to do in that sense we can help kids better prepare for their future by knowing how to dress appropriately for things," said Wasatch County School District. Superintendent Terry E. Shoemaker.

UGH. I just had to stop myself from mashing all the keys on my computer and screaming. The ones singled out are girls. And why are they singled out? Because the school doesn't want to see a normal goddamn part of a young woman's body like her shoulders or clavicle exposed. It's got nothing to do with setting a standard for professional appearance in the workplace, so even come at me with that crap. This is all about making young girls feel ashamed and embarrassed about their bodies.


I looked through those un-retouched photos. You know what I saw? Normal young girls who now, tragically, are questioning what they did wrong. They're made to feel ashamed for committing the epic sin of wearing something like a fucking sleeveless shirt. You know who should be ashamed? The administrators at Wasatch High School who think it's OK to shame young girls about their bodies.



Guys, I am having a horrible feminist week. I am getting so tired and so angry about this constant bullshit. We can't even fucking EXIST. Everything we do is wrong, and tempting, and nagging, and slutty, and prudish, and hysterical, and sinful, and too fat, and not sexy enough, and too sexy, and "ok for a girl", or "too much like a man", or just not "naturally" suited, or blah blah blah blah blah. I'm so. fucking. tired. of. this. shit. What the hell is wrong with this world that it is so important to start indoctrinating girls as young as possible that their bodies are wrong, sinful, shameful???

If I say nothing at work, I get to hear a bunch of sexist bullshit and let it slip by. If I say something, I'm treated like I'm crazy and whispered about as "that feminist on the 4th floor" while they smirk and roll their eyes. My own fucking boyfriend, high IQ nerd that he is, doesn't "get it" by half and acts like I'm crazy for expecting spilled food not to sit on the floor and the wall, being licked by my fucking ALLERGIC-TO-ALL-THAT-SHIT DOG while he plays on the computer for 15 minutes, and says that female comic book fans are being silly and complaining for no reason, while trying to call himself a feminist. I'm just sooooo sick of feeling like having a relationship with a man means figuring out how much and what kind of personalized sexism I can take from this particular person.

I hate that I've been conditioned well enough about how a woman "should act" that I don't tell people to go fuck themselves anywhere near as often as I should, and end up nervously smiling sometimes when I'm being condescended to or insulted. I hate that even my independent, educated, intelligent friend said she thought another woman was a "slut", and I didn't break down to her why she shouldn't use the word because I just wanted to have a nice time.

Sorry for the rant. I'm just having a hard time with being a woman and all the baggage that comes with it these days.