PUBLIC OPINION > Don't Ban Sexy Dresses From Prom
Living 2012/04/04 17:00:00
We never saw a follow-up to that Mike Stone story -- you know, the guy who was going to take a porn star to prom until his school banned her. We wonder if the school changed its mind. Probably not, because some schools are taking things a step further to prevent sexual activity. Schools all over the country are banning certain styles of dress deemed too sexy. Excess cleavage, thigh-high slits, rib cage cutouts, and anything more than three inches above the knee are forbidden at one school or another. An Oklahoma City high school is even telling guys not to take their shirts off, no matter how ripped they think they are. We asked the public if these kinds of bans are appropriate.
There were some strong opinions on this one, but in the end sexy prom dresses won out. One argument in favor of allowing them was that a ban would be an unnecessary infringement on personal choice. It's not that everyone who voted "Yes" thinks wearing a low-cut dress to prom is a good idea, they just don't see the point in forcing it. Besides, as the Top Opinion quipped, "They're just gonna be taking them off at the end of the night anyway." Those who supported the ban generally promoted a "better safe than sorry" sentiment. Plus, most schools already have dress codes on campus.
High Schoolers Want Their Sexy Back
First, let's go with the most obvious demographic. High schools were, not surprisingly, all for sexy dresses. However, quite a few high schoolers posted pictures of classy prom dresses similar to the ones they wore, or were planning to wear. They just don't care much if other girls want to dress "sexy." (They generally used a different word.)
Conservatives Crack Down
Conservatives were the strongest supporters of the ban -- a good 20% stronger than Christians. Interestingly, libertarians were the least supportive, emphasizing one of the key differences between the conservative right and the libertarian right. Conservatives are more concerned about family values, while libertarians are more concerned about personal choice.
The Unmarried Are OK With It
The age breakdown was a little bit uneven, but marriage was a clean cut. Every relationship demographic except married -- single, in a relationship, divorced, complicated -- averaged about 25%, while married voters averaged 47%. Engaged voters came close, but the sample size was too small to register when we combined all of the unmarried votes.
If you'd like to vote on this question, dig deeper into the demographics, or engage in existing discussion about the topic, visit our poll about sexy prom dresses. We'd love to hear from you!
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