Lauren Dellarocco

SCHOOL & SEXISM

Lauren Dellarocco
SCHOOL & SEXISM

FEMALES DIDN'T CHOOSE TO BE NATURALLY SEXY. IT WAS BY THE LUCK OF THE GENE POOL.

It was my senior year of high school in Tampa and I sat in Mr. Ritt's science class. We were learning the anatomy of the human body and specifically the differences between each sex, (the anatomical differences that is, not the socially-implemented double-standard differences). Mr. Ritt pointed at a drawn representation of the human body and informed us on each specific region. I sat, absorbing the diagram presented on the board. I was wearing a pair of leggings and a lazy tie-dyed t-shirt that hung low enough to cover the outline of my vagina and my ass. I place emphasis on these areas to illustrate the radically non-sexual nature of my clothing.

Also, It’s not like these two details--my ability to learn and the clothing I choose to learn in--are associated in any way. My male friend Bronson, who was seated beside me, wore a tight polo t-shirt that clung to his vascular biceps. Both of us paid our undivided attention to Mr. Ritt. Both of us were unfazed and unbothered by the clothing of the other. In fact, I only remember his clothing in retrospect. It didn't stand out to me at the time. I wasn’t distracted by his peering biceps, and he wasn’t distracted by my concealed legs. 

In that class time, I was called to the front office. Confused but relieved to escape class for a few minutes, I sprung out of my seat and toward my unknown summoner. It turns out my principal was the summoner who caught a glimpse of my risqué outfit during the day. He didn't find that my skin-tight leggings were acceptable for other students to observe. I immediately thought of my implied spectators, males who remained in class wearing skin-tight polos and tank tops.

My creativity in dress has landed me in the school's office numerous times. Apparently males aren't mature enough to desexualize normal body parts for the sake of learning. But apparently females are smart enough to separate extraneous circumstances. Or at least this is what the school system implies when it exclusively removes females from class. Who says males’ sagging pants that give way to their tight underwear isn't too much for me? Who says I'm not just as distracted as they are? 

I do appreciate it, the school system admitting females have self-control. But I also don't appreciate it, the school system denying the true problem here. The problem is the way that males are taught to respond to these incidences. And by incidences, I simply mean females holding autonomy in the choice of their clothing. The correct response to one of these incidences is for males to continue as they were. Students are in school to receive an education, not to be sexualized by other students and staff. Removing a female from a lesson to better accommodate the school's horny males is unheard of. Well, unfortunately it is heard of. That's the current propensity of the school system. And that's the problem. The same way males didn't necessarily choose their horny nature, females didn't choose to be naturally sexy. It was by the luck of the gene pool that we received this blessing, and we sure as hell shouldn’t be punished for it.