Young women are objectified and punished for dubious dress code “violations” these days. It’s nothing new. Grand Rapids, MI, high school principal Jim Bazen has gone overboard into creepiness on his condemning the “sexism problem” of dress codes. Grand Rapids Press editorial board published Bazen explanation that dress codes are merely about policing sexuality.
Students “need to be taught about modesty in the classroom and at home,” he wrote. “You say that harping on the young ladies to ‘cover up’ does more harm than good. To me, that’s a double standard because as a female you will never completely understand the male mind.”
“Women should not be afraid of their sexuality. Women should be afraid of those who admire them only for their ‘great body.’ We would like them to preserve this wonderful gift (virginity) for their ‘one and only.'”
Follow-up comments were made by Bazen to People. “I stand by my basic thought: The way to help women is to get rid of pornography, and get rid of the dress that is provocative,” he said, before citing the Bible. “People can call me a pervert or whatever they want, but the fact is, I am coming from the point of total depravity. I don’t put myself above anybody. I say to the ladies, ‘Please dress in a non-provocative way.’ And I need to control my eyes as well and not think in a lustful way.”
My gosh, how can the students feel safe about being at school with a principal like that? He is so creepy.