Student strips off for presentation after teacher's discriminatory comment

Cornell student strips during thesis presentation to protest professor

A Cornell University senior student stripped down to her bra and underwear - twice - during her thesis presentation after a professor suggested that her choice of clothing would be inappropriate. According to the Sun, Chai had invited members of the public to attend her presentation in a Facebook post that no longer appeared to be available. Yet I can't help but wonder: On what planet is this not a violation of Title IX, the federal anti-harassment statute that so many college administrators cite when cracking down on problematic, sexually charged behavior?

Maggor reportedly said that the student's shorts were too short and that she was making a "statement" with her clothing choice.

Speaking to the Cornell Daily Sun, Chai said that she was shocked when the professor, who is a woman, questioned the shorts she was wearing. Meanwhile, professor Rebekah Maggor, who was taking the class declared that she does not tell her students what to wear, nor does she define for them what constitutes appropriate dress.

'I ask them to reflect for themselves and make their own decisions'. The course does not have a formal dress code but asks students to "dress appropriately for the persona [they] will present, the Sun reported".

Are there repercussions? Although Maggor apologized to the class for her choice of words, Chai did not hear it because she had already left the classroom.

A pupil at Cornell University has actually disrobed of her undergarments in order to share her thesis as well as attempt to battle "overbearing ideas", asserting that her teacher doubted the shorts she used.

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Chai also claims that Maggor, whose expertise is in theater and the arts, told her that her outfit would distract males in the classroom. She then asked for others to remove their clothing and 28 out of the 44 people in attendance did.

The students defended the professor, saying she has a honest desire to encourage diversity and inclusion. Afterward, she led a roundtable discussion about diversity and inclusion. "We write this letter because we feel it is our duty to give a fairer representation of our professor than what was portrayed", they wrote. "We are so triumphant, but most importantly, we are equals".

They wrote that while Maggor made "an error in phrasing", she had "apologized on more than one occasion". I am a human being, and I ask you to take this leap of faith, to take this next step - or rather this next strip - in our movement and to join me in revealing to each other and seeing each other for who we truly are: "members of the human race", she said as she took off her clothes. After her presentation, Chai hosted an informal roundtable with students. "After Letitia left, our professor listened and agreed with numerous student's comments and criticisms", they wrote. As the presentation began, Chai addressed her parents.

Chai was visibly emotional in a livestream of her thesis presentation.

Chai said she responded: "My mum is a feminist, gender and sexuality studies professor".

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