Men told these girls to put on more clothes, so they took them off instead
How this Ohio State sophomore threw a middle finger in the face of protesters in the best way ever
by Zoe Weaver
A sign titled “God’s Role for Women” was put out on the Oval on OSU’s main campus on Thursday. It mentioned a few Bible verses about what a woman’s “role” should be:
Submission, Wives submit yourselves into your own husbands, as unto the Lord. Eph 5:22
Motherhood, Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety. 1Tim 2:15
Modesty, In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety, not with braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array. 1Tim 2:9
Keepers at Home, The young women are to be sober, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at the home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. Titus 2:4-5
Quietness, A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet. 1Tim 2:11-12
Beauty, Favor is deceitful, and beauty is a vain; but a woman that feareth the Lord shall, she shall be praised. Proverbs 31:30″
It didn’t take long for people to stop and stare in confusion at the ridiculous sign. As shocking as it may seem, not every girl wants to remain “quiet” or stay at home to bear children. Women actually want to express themselves and wear those supposedly immodest braids in their hair.
Melissa and Elise, both 19 and a design major and a math major, saw the sign and decided to act in an effective yet “less aggressive way to speak their minds.”
Many protesters, particularly religious ones, think it’s OK to shove their beliefs in women’s faces and slut shame us for wearing something they deem “too short.” They just want a reaction, and they got more than they asked for.
After being told by these two men that women should “adorn themselves in modest apparel” – basically getting told to put more clothes on – Melissa and Elise decided to just take more off. The girls removed their shirts and hung out next to the sign while everyone around them cheered.
“There was a lot of ‘YOU GO GIRLS!’ and positive encouragement coming from the crowd, I don’t believe I heard any negative reactions,” Melissa said.
She then tweeted a photo of her and Elise next to the sign and has already received an abundance of support. Over 1,300 likes and climbing, the two men are definitely getting some publicity, but not in a good way.
two men in the oval told us to put more clothes on our bodies so we took them off instead pic.twitter.com/Wbyee6UVwp
— mel bee ? (@melissaramen) September 8, 2016
“I believe the sign was there mostly to provoke outrage. While I do think these two men who were there supported [the sign] I think they were trying to get people to come over and argue with them to spread publicity,” said the sophomore design major.
It’s insane to think there are still men out there who believe a woman should be a hermit and stay at home with the children. That she should keep her appearance modest and stray away from expensive accessories, according to a few Bible verses.
Just because a girl is wearing an outfit that shows some skin does mean she is advertising herself like the world seems to think. A girl wears what she wants because she wants to and it makes her feel good, not because she wants male attention.
Women are more than their “childbearing bodies” and should be celebrated for that.
We have a woman running for president, yet people still pay more attention to her hair, make up and outfits than what she has to say about our country. Even the members of the 2016 Team USA Women’s Gymnastics team were scrutinized more for their looks than for the daring tumbling passes and routines they were performing. They won gold in Rio but we’ve heard more about their hair than their wins.
Why should we care more about appearance and how people will react to it more than anything else? We shouldn’t.
We should be like Elise and Melissa and take off some clothing when told to cover up.