Teen Girl Forced to Leave Prom After Ogling Dads Complained Her Dress Gives ‘Impure Thoughts’
A Virginia teen says she was forced to leave her prom after fathers who were chaperoning the dance complained that her dress could give people “impure thoughts.”
Claire, a 17-year-old attending the Richmond Homeschool Prom, is asking for a refund for her and her friends, who walked out of prom with her in a show of unity.
Claire said “we waited eagerly for Saturday to arrive. My dress was gorgeous, silver, and sparkly and I got it at Macy’s and was very excited to find it after searching over six stores for this dress.”
When she got to the prom, however, despite having met the guidelines for skirt length, she was told by an organizer “Honey, that dress is too short.” She was allowed in after showing that the dress met regulations.
Claire says “when I got into the ballroom I laughed, because I was surrounded by girls in much shorter dresses than me. We were also a little grossed out by all the dads on the balcony above the dance floor, ogling and talking amongst themselves.”
Then, an organizer approached her. Claire says “she 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.”
She was asked to leave. Her boyfriend asked if she and their friends could have their money refunded after having only been there was a half hour, but was told that only Claire’s money would be refunded.
Claire says “I was told that the way I dressed and moved my body was causing men to think inappropriately about me, implying that it is my responsibility to control other people’s thoughts and drives.”
She adds “I felt violated by the sheer amount of male parents that were assigned to do nothing for five hours other than watch girls in short dresses and heels dance to upbeat musing. I think that it is sick and wrong that they assigned them to sit on a balcony above us and look down on us and single us out for clothes or dancing.”