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What Body Shaming Tell Us About Gender Roles And Society’s Expectations

First lady Jill Biden was shamed for wearing patterned tights as she arrived at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., on Thursday, April 1, 2021.
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First lady Jill Biden was shamed for wearing patterned tights as she arrived at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., on Thursday, April 1, 2021.

At least 80 high school girls in Florida had their yearbook photos digitally altered to cover up their chests even though their outfits didn’t violate the school dress code.

The decision by an advisor at Bartram Trail High School outraged students and parents who called out school officials for body shaming, sexism, and lopsided enforcement of an outdated dress code.

Earlier this year, First Lady Jill Biden was shamed for wearing patterned tights and Diane Keaton faced blowback for wearing hip-high boots.

Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher, we consider the subtle and not-so-subtle messages girls and women of all ages receive about their bodies and how they dress them.

Guests:

  • Stephanie Fabre, mother of Bartram Trail High School student
  • Robin Givhan, Senior critic-at-large covering politics, race and the arts, Washington Post
  • Katherine Mason, Assistant Professor of Sociology/Women and Gender Studies, Wheaton College
  • Abigail C. Saguy, Professor and Chair, Sociology, UCLA. (Zoom)

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