A Senior, who goes by the name Letitia Chai, removed her clothes (top and shorts) right in front of her teachers and other students while she was giving her honor thesis presentation.
This Ivy League student has said that she took such action to protest the harassment from a public professor, Rebekah Maggor.
Digging deeper into this story, we found out that Letitia had had her choice of clothing questioned by the professor.
Professor Maggor had said that the shorts Letitia wore for her thesis presentation were way too short for a said official event.
Letitia turned to Facebook to tell her story. Her Facebook post goes as such… “The first thing that the professor said to me was “is that really what you would wear?”
“She, a white woman, continued: ‘Your shorts are too short.’ The professor proceeded to tell me, in front of my whole class, that I was inviting the male gaze away from the content of my presentation and onto my body.”
“She said I was making a statement by wearing my outfit. I told her that I sure as hell wouldn’t change my statement to make her or anyone else feel more comfortable.”
By the way, Professor Maggor had to defend herself through The Cornell Daily Sun saying…“I do not tell my students what to wear, nor do I define for them what constitutes an appropriate dress. I ask them to reflect for themselves and make their own decisions.”
Meanwhile, Letitia’s classmates have said that the Professor could have asked that question in a better way. But they also said that they get what Professor Maggor was aiming at.
They feel like she was trying to make her (Letitia) understand that some kinds of dresses aren’t fit for certain occasions.
Added to that, the students observed that the Professor repeatedly apologized for her statements as she recognizes the political problems that are attached to telling women what to wear and how to wear it.
Now, since Letitia had posted this on Facebook, a lot of social media users have responded, with some of them supporting her actions while some others have said that she didn’t have to take it that far.
One of these Facebook users commented “What a childish, self-serving idiot. No one needs to see her flabby body… put something on, for crying out loud.”
While another chimed in saying “Cultural degeneracy. Says a lot about your ideas when you can’t get them across without resorting to cheap tactics of seeking attention.”
And yet another tried to defend the student saying “I am a true conservative and this woman’s point went 100% over so many of these numbskull commenters head.”
The commenter continued, “She was told by her profession her choice of closing would take away from her point and meaning. She stood up and declared she is more than her clothing, sex symbol, woman, and Asian. We are all humans. We are all equal. If that thought process is associated the left.. then Conservatives need to some soul-searching. They are going to lose big in 2020.”
Another said, “You go girl! Done letting professors do to us and say whatever they want. I am with you!