Guest Post: A 16-Year-Old’s Take on “All Sexed Up For 8th Grade Graduation?”

I’m so happy to be able to share a terrific guest post today. Keira, who is 16, is the sibling of one of the 8th graders who was promoted at our local middle school on Tuesday night. This is in response to yesterday’s post on that event. (Let’s just say it prompted an interesting discussion!) I think she has a great perspective — and a heck of a lot of maturity. (I also think if every high school student in our town was as articulate as Keira, our English teachers would we thrilled.) Take it away, Keira…

As a 16-year-old girl who was there at promotion, I must agree with you. It’s disgusting. My year was even worse. I don’t understand how the parents of these girls let them walk out of the house looking like that.

I would never let my own daughter display herself in such an inappropriate fashion, nor would I ever feel okay dressing myself that way. Ever. It doesn’t matter if you’re thin and cute and want to show off, or if you’re not-so-thin and still feel like you need to show it all or fit in or whatever. It’s simply not okay.

The women in my life have shown me how to be modest and that one attracts people with how they dress. Obviously, we should not judge people by how they look. I’m not advocating that at all. I’m just saying that the girls who dress like they want a certain kind of attention will get it.

And for a 14-year-old  girl fresh out of junior high, that’s never good.

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2 Responses to “Guest Post: A 16-Year-Old’s Take on “All Sexed Up For 8th Grade Graduation?””

  1. mary says:

    I think the concern for how our sons are raised to respect girls/women is fine…but when a fourteen year old girl dresses this way it probably is not just the fourteen year old boy that is checking her out. There are too many men who were not raised to respect girls or women, those are the ones that are looking.

  2. Kathy says:

    No kidding, Mary. Excellent point. And a little scary.