In The News
Sydney Spies: Too Sexy For Her High School Yearbook
I make a habit of not watching the news. I know there is a lot of good in the world and the news usually just focuses on the bad - it's a depressing ratings grab. The other reason I don't like to watch the news is because it makes me want to drag out my soapbox, grab my megaphone and start shouting at innocent passersby - and I'm pretty sure my family already thinks I'm crazy enough.
Today I opened my web browser and on my homepage were a few news articles. I was immediately sucked in and felt compelled to drag out my trusty old soapbox when I read one of the headlines. It seems Sydney Spies, a teenage girl in Colorado, is insensed because her high school yearbook's editorial staff rejected the Senior portrait that she submitted and asked her to submit a new one.
What do you think - should this photo have been rejected?
Well, I can't speak for you but all I can say is that my answer to the above question is yes! Oh dear LORD yes. This is a high school yearbook - a senior portrait - not an application to work for Hugh Hefner. I'm speechless. Ok, no I'm not - I actually have plenty to say about this. This is a photo that should have never been taken of a teenager, much less an attempt at a senior portrait.
File this away under my growing list of "things that are wrong with the world".
For the record? A shawl is not an acceptable substitute for a shirt. How did this photo even happen? Was it like "oh, let's do a few more photos in one more outfit. Oh wait, I only have this mini skirt left - mom, can I borrow your shawl?"
Speaking of mom, what makes this story even worse for me is that Spies mother, Miki Spies, is supporting her protest of the incident. (Like I said, it was probably her shawl anyway.) On Wednesday Miki and Sydney Spies were joined by a few current and alumni students of the high school to protest the incident. It would seem that Spies feels that her freedom of speech is being taken away and wants to take that up with the school's administration. Interestingly enough, the 5 student yearbook editors say that the photo didn't even make it that far - that the 5 of them voted unanimously to reject the photo based on it's lack of professionalism.
Well, the photo is definitely lacking something - though I'd say my vote is that it is lacking clothes more than anything else.
I'd like to award those 5 editors with the good common sense award. I hope they can stay strong through all of this and remember this incident to continue to help guide their future decisions. I hope they can remember that it's ok to have standards. I also hope that Sydney Spies learns to place value on what she has to offer the world beyond her bare midriff and shoulders. We as women are worth so much more than that, and it terrifies me that this is what young girls think is acceptable nowadays.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go throw away all of my scarves and shawls - my daughter will be 18 in exactly 13 years and I'm going to start early - I don't want her getting any ideas.