Cornell Student Delivers Thesis in Underwear and She Has a Point
A Cornell student stripped and delivered her thesis in her underwear - not because her classroom was too hot - but to make a point.
Letitia Chai, a senior at Cornell University in Ithaca, stripped to her underwear to deliver her thesis a week after she says her professor suggested that the denim shorts and long sleeve shirt Chai was wearing for a practice run was "inviting the male gaze away from the content of (her) presentation and onto her body."
During the practice run, and then later, as a form of protest, Chai stripped down to her sports bra and underwear. Chai says she did it for anyone who has to change who they are, how they dress, or what they look like in order to be taken seriously.
If the comments on the Facebook video of her final thesis presentation are any indication, people are pretty divided about Chai's protest in her underwear - with some applauding her for standing up for her right to wear what she chooses, and others suggesting she disrespected herself and the university.
Chai Has A Point
Not unlike high school dress codes that suggest girls should wear more conservative clothing so as not to distract the boys from learning, it shouldn't be up to Chai to ensure that the men in her college classroom pay attention to the content of her presentation by dressing in a way that's not "distracting."
What do you think?