The Mormon Modesty Scandal
Oh. My. Goodness. Can I just express to y'all how tired I am of hearing about this? And if you don't know what I'm talking about, feel free to check it out here. But because everyone else and their dog has put in their two cents on the scandal, I might as well throw my pennies in the jar as well. First of all, let me just tell all of you the obvious: BYU is not the real world. Therefore, we cannot expect people at BYU to act like the rest of the world. There. That being said, after seeing post after post on facebook and even being asked my opinion by a blind date, I've decided that I think both parties involved were to blame. I don't care what the fashion world says about her dress being ultra-conservative (which I would argue with anyway), the girl DID in fact sign the honor code and WAS in fact wearing something that has been plastered all over campus as being a dress code violation (seriously? we have to put posters everywhere SPECIFYING what is and isn't modest?). And I don't care if all the strange guys with wandering eyes around the world are going "Yeah, it was all her fault!" men cannot simply use women as the scapegoat for a lack of self-control. Frankly, the bottom line for me is this: if you don't like the BYU Honor Code or the way some students violate or enforce it....then don't go to BYU! Nobody is obligating you to attend a private university, and contrary to popular belief, nobody is forcing you to do what they say. If you can't stand the heat, get out of the fire. There. Opinion voiced.