American teenager Clare, 17, claims she was ejected from her homeschool prom because fathers felt her dress could cause
American teenager Clare, 17, claims she was ejected from her homeschool prom because fathers felt her dress could cause "impure thoughts" in boys. hannahettinger.com

Teen kicked out of prom because dads did not like her dress

AN AMERICAN teenager claims she was ejected from her school prom because her dress was too short and her dancing could lead to teen boys having "impure thoughts".

In a post on the Wine and Marble blog earlier this week, the young woman named "Clare" retells the night of her "Twilight in Paris" prom in Richmond, Virginia.

The full post is here and comes with a strong language warning.

She said her dress was "gorgeous, silver, and sparkly" and met the school dress code requirements for length.

"Fast forward to prom night. I'm all dolled up, channeling my inner Marilyn Monroe with my blonde hair and bright red lipstick," she said in the post.

"I'm a tall and fairly curvy girl and you know something?

"I looked hot.

"Not trashy, but you definitely would look twice when I walked through a doorway."

Clare, 17, takes a selfie with her date as they head to the Richmond Homeschool Prom.
Clare, 17, takes a selfie with her date as they head to the Richmond Homeschool Prom.

After arriving she said she felt "grossed out" by the dads who were watching the teenagers from the balcony "ogling and talking amongst themselves" but paid them little attention.

That was when she was approached by the prom organiser.

"She took me into a corner in the hall way, with another woman, (who I'm assuming was a parent/chaperone) and told me that some of the dads who were chaperoning had complained that my dancing was too provocative, and that I was going to cause the young men at the prom to think impure thoughts."

A discussion followed and she writes she was ejected, with her friends leaving in support.

The dress that would have her kicked out of her own prom.
The dress that would have her kicked out of her own prom.

"The whole situation made me feel violated, walked over and ostracised," Clare said.

"My group of five people had to leave the prom because I stuck out, I have long legs and I was wearing a sparkly dress, I didn't look like most of the 13-15 year old girls there, I looked like a woman.

"And goddamn it, I am so tired of people who abuse their power to make women feel violated and ashamed because she has an ass, or has breasts, or has long legs."

"This is a message to the women who understand that sometimes, it doesn't matter how much you pin a dress, you're still going to have cleavage show when you bend over.

"This is a message to girls built like me, who can't find jeans that fit because your ass is just too damn big!
"The girls with long legs, who are forced to prove that their dresses fit the dress code, just because they have more leg showing then most girls.

"This is what I want to say. You are beautiful, no matter how you are built, no matter how you chose to dress or dance or what words you chose to say in the heat of the moment."

The Facebook page set up for the Richmond Homeschool Prom has been inundated with support for the teenager, although many of the comments appear to have been deleted.



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