Utah girls protest modest yearbook photos

A Utah high school altered some girls’ yearbook photos to show less skin, reports Fox13. Wasatch High girls complain they weren’t told about the editing. They also say the modesty policy was applied inconsistently.

“I feel like they put names in a hat and pick and choose who,” sophomore Rachel Russel said. “There were plenty of girls that were wearing thicker tank tops and half of them got edited and half of them didn’t.”

A tattoo was digitally erased from Shelby Baum’s neckline. It reads “I am enough” and “reminds me that I am enough the way I am,” Baum said.

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  1. How silly is that to protest someone photoshopping to hide your glaringly white bra strap? What weighty issues these girls have to deal with….especially in contrast to the Boko Haram kidnappees.

    • PhillipMarlowe says:

      or even worse, the condition women and girls live with in India or Pakistan where they can be raped and/or killed with impunity.

  2. Interesting, this is the second of the photos I’ve seen and they seem to have darkened the photos as well. To give the girls a darker complexion?

    In each case, I’d have to say the original was more flattering in contrast even if you added the modesty edits.

    If you are going to edit photos, you must have consistent rules and not do it so poorly as to make the photo less flattering.

  3. What I find most interesting is the terms of the debate. We are mostly past the time when public institutions can hold to any standard, because we have lost cultural consensus on most core values.

    I would be more likely to simply leave out photos of people that do not meet an announced standard rather than falsifying the record, but quibbling may be beside the point.

    • Jerry Doctor says:

      Standards? What standards? If these students were in violation of the dress code why weren’t they dealt with when they walked into the building? Do you suppose they would have chanced violating the dress code if it was always enforced at this school?

  4. Jerry Doctor says:

    I spent 32 years teaching in senior high schools and I can’t remember how many times I heard male students say, “Hey, look at the shoulders on her!” Oh… wait a minute. I can remember. It was zero.

    I guess the girls should at least be grateful they didn’t photoshop burqas on them.This must be the best school district in America if the superintendent has time to worry about females revealing their shoulders in public.

  5. This is pathetic and wrong of school administration, but then again, it’s almost impossible to be a kid in school these days without the PC police getting upset about something.