Thursday, February 16, 2012

BYU -- Strangest University in America?

Is BYU the strangest university in America? I often ask myself that question, and many times the answer seems to be yes.

Take the story of the letter below, for example.

The back story on this note is that it was given to a girl named Brittany Molina, who is currently a student at Brigham Young University. It was Valentines day, and she was sitting in the library studying. Suddenly, an awkward boy walked up to her and handed her a folded not. Excited that it might be a love note or something, she unfolded it. Below is an image of the note that she received.

Britney Molina Note

The text of the note reads as follows:

"You may want to consider that what you're wearing has a negative effect on men (and women) around you. Many people come to this university because they feel safe, morally as well as physically, here. They expect others to abide by the Honor Code that we agreed on. Please consider your commitment to the Honor Code (which you agreed to) when dressing each day. Thank you."

To me, this is just a creepy sentiment on the part of the guy who handed the note to her. Even if she was wearing something salacious, he would need to grow up and stop objectifying women. However, the fact that she was wearing this should be some indication of exactly how disturbed this guy is in his mind. I mean, seriously dude? You're going to bust a girl because she is wearing a long shirt and tights? Perhaps you should move to Saudi Arabia where all of the girls wear burqas. No chance of getting horny there, unless you have a fetish for girls in a burlap sack. Come to think of it, maybe that's what you'd prefer girls at BYU to wear instead of fashionable clothes?

On a stronger note, I am sick of this kind of crap from the Mormon church in general and BYU in particular. They pretend to be the defenders of women and morality on some level, but then they go and do just the opposite by objectifying the hell out of them in real life. It's the strange Madonna vs. the Whore dichotomy that a lot of fundamentalist religions have. On the one hand, they talk up the idea of sexual purity and the chastity of women. On the other hand, they simultaneously belittle women by assigning all of their worth in life based on their sexual purity. Never mind if a woman has a mind and an opinion on something. Instead, her worth as a potential mate is determined by questions like these: How many kids is she willing to pump out after marriage? Has she slept with anyone before marriage? How many earrings does she wear in each ear?

And, if you don't believe me, let me illustrate this point a bit further. For as much as this guy complains about this girl Brittany Molina dressing the way that he did, I bet he is incredibly shallow about looks in real life. Most of the guys that I've known over the years that are this way place an extraordinarily high value on a girl's physical appearance. They're the same guys that won't even give a girl a second look if she DOESN'T dress fashionably, doesn't do her make up, or if she is a little overweight. Based on how this guy reacted to Britney, I would be very, very surprised if he wasn't completely shallow about a girl's looks when it came to dating.

Women of BYU: it is time to stand up to these chauvinistic clowns so they can't control your thoughts any longer. Unite!

Here is a local news report about the incident:


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