SO BRAVE: Cornell Student Strips During Thesis Defense to Protest Prof's Clothing AdviceChris Menahan
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The Texians who fought in the Alamo can't hold a candle to the bravery of Cornell University student Letitia Chai.
A senior at Cornell University stripped down to her underwear during her thesis defense last week, after her professor criticized her clothing during a previous class session. The student, Letitia Chai, delivered her honors thesis defense in her underwear last week in protest over her professor's remark about the unprofessionalism of her denim shorts. During a trial run of her thesis presentation, Chai's professor, Rebekah Maggor, made a comment about Chai's outfit. Maggor allegedly told Chai that her shorts were "too short" and that she was making a "statement" with the clothes she was wearing.
Chai also claims that Maggor, whose expertise is in theater and the arts, told her that her outfit would distract males in the classroom. However, in a letter published by her peers, students from the class explain that Chai was misrepresenting her exchange with the professor. According to the students, Maggor's comment was primarily meant to highlight the importance of professional attire in public speaking situations.Seems like she just wanted an excuse to take her clothes off.Letitia stood up to give her speech. Before she began, our professor asked Letitia if she would wear "those shorts" to her actual presentation on Saturday. Our professor regularly asks all of the students, male and female, such questions to clarify appropriate attire for public speaking. Our professor went on to say that what you wear and how you present yourself make a statement. She noted that if you were to wear jean shorts to your thesis presentation, that is a statement. Her focus on attire was a means of noting the importance of professionalism in certain public speaking situations.The thesis, which was titled "Re-Imagining the Refugee-Host Country Relationship: Tibetans and India," was given on Saturday by Chai to a room of 44 students. Of the 44 students in the classroom, 28 students also stripped down to their underwear in protest.
Regardless, this is what happens when you make being "oppressed" the most coveted asset in society. Simply suggesting a woman wear clothing while in school is some sort of virtual rape.
Incidentally, Chai's whole presentation is on "refugees" and how we need to rethink the idea they are net takers like Trump (and all the evidence) suggests.
She says Tibetan refugees in India are self-reliant and seems to feel all other refugees could therefor be the same. (Just ignore the fact Somalians are starving to death in their own country and their women are having 6 or 7 kids each.)
She concludes her thesis defense saying the only way to make progress in society is if we all "view each other as equals." (Just ignore the entire history of human progress up until the last 50 or so years when such egalitarian ideas caught on [nearly exclusively in the West].)
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