Prom season isn’t complete without stories of girls getting accused of being lusty temptresses for ridiculous reasons. Prom night as well be called the night-of-body-shaming because that’s all that happens to dozens of girls who end up getting excluded from prom festivities for daring to have a body. And if it isn’t that, it’s daring to attend prom while queer or dateless.
Here are seven mind boggling cases of girls getting banned from prom that will make you see red.
Banned Because Her Dress Gave Men 'Impure Thoughts'Earlier this month, a high school student named Clare was kicked out of her boyfriend's prom because it was enabling impure thoughts. By the way, it's worth noting that the people complaining about these impure thoughts were dads who were chaperoning the event. Ew. It's also worth nothing that her dress didn't violate the dress code. Luckily, Clare took to the internet to rant about this disgusting act of body shaming and sexism on her sister's blog and her story has received international attention. Photo: Wine & Marble
Denied Entry For Daring To Have BreastsIn 2013, Brittany Minder was kicked out of prom for exposing too much cleavage. According to her school's dress code, strapless dresses were allowed as long as they didn't expose cleavage, lower back or midriff. But as a woman with ample breasts, it was nearly impossible to rock the strapless dress of her dreams and totally hide her cleavage. Minder was forced to cover up with a shawl but she left early due to self-consciousness. Sure, she could have worn a different dress, but not everyone can control their cleavage and not everyone is showing off their cleavage for sexual reasons! Photo: Huffington Post
Banned For Being LesbiansIf there's one thing that schools hate more than leggings, it's LGBTQ students daring to attend prom together. In 2012, Hope Decker and Tiffany Wright were barred from attending this Catholic school's prom because their union didn't comply with the Catholic Church's stance on homosexuality. Instead of going home, however, the pair decided to have their own prom in the parking lot with their friends. Fun way to stick it to the man, right? Source Huffington Post
Banned For Wanting To Wear A DressIn 2013, Tony Zamazal, a transgender student who prefers female pronouns and IDs as a female, was told that she could not wear a dress to prom. The school believed it was unacceptable for someone they considered male to dress in that manner. Well, the ACLU got involved and Zamazal was allowed to wear her dress. It's awesome that this story has a happy ending, but it's tough to imagine how common this story must be for trans high school students across the country. Photo: Huffington Post
Banned For Wanting To Take Her GF To PromIn 2010, Constance McMillen was barred from taking her girlfriend to prom. The ACLU filed a lawsuit against the school on McMillen's behalf, which led to the school banning prom all together! Instead, the school encouraged parents to set up a private prom, which most of the student body attended. Of course, McMillen wasn't invited. The lawsuit was eventually settled and the school adopted an anti-discrimination policy. It's sad that it takes lawsuits and money for people to do the right thing. Photo: Slate.com
Banned Because She Wore Pants To PromIn April, Shafer Rupard was kicked out of prom for wearing pants. Yeah, pants. The prom didn't even have a dress code! Instead of letting her have a good time at prom in the attire she was most comfortable wearing, the school effectively punished her for not dressy "girly" enough. Ridiculous. Photo: Daily Mail
Banned Because She Didn't Have A DateYou know, as disgusting as body shaming and homophobia is, it still comes as no surprise when these hateful forces factor into someone's termination from prom. But to be banned from prom because one doesn't have a date? That's absurd, but it was reality for Amanda Dougherty in 2012. The school simply believed that prom was a special event in which a date was required for entry, unlike other school dances. Luckily, the school eventually changed their mind but, still, the fact that this rule was in place to begin with is mind boggling. Photo: CNN
Do you think some of these reasons were fair? What other ridiculous prom bans have you heard about? Tell us in the comments!