Students set to graduate from Biglerville High School in Biglerville, Penn. were amused by the language used in a letter that was sent home by administrators earlier this month, making sure students dressed appropriately for the school’s commencement. While some were quick to point out the letter was intended to be lighthearted, others felt it may have crossed a line and veered toward body-shaming.
“No bellies showing,” the letter stated. “Keep ‘the girls’ covered and supported, and make sure that nothing is so small that all your bits and pieces are hanging out. Please remember as you select an outfit for the awards assembly that we don’t want to be looking at ‘sausage rolls’ as Mrs. Elliott calls them. As you get dressed remember that you can’t put 10 pounds of mud in a five-pound sack.”
How’s that for imagery sent to a group of 18-year-old girls?
In a tweet sent by Chris Cappella of the local Evening Sun, many students at the school were not offended by the letter and feel the issue has been blown out of proportion.
Administrators from the school have also responded, saying the letter was drafted years ago, and its author has since retired.
So, much ado about nothing? Or unfortunate wording in yet another case of female body-shaming?