Women are constantly being told how to present themselves, what their bodies should look like and what to wear. If you are a doctor and show too much skin, no one will respect you. If you are a teacher and your clothes are too tight, no one will take you seriously. But wait! Don’t cover up too much because that will make you boring, conservative, and unrelatable. There really is no way to win.
If you look up the hashtag #teacherbae on Twitter you will see body shaming at its finest. You will also see an outpouring of support for Patrice Brown, also known as Paris Monroe, an elementary school teacher in Atlanta who is now known as the sexiest teacher alive because of her work attire.
After a posting the picture seen above on her Instagram account, the internet shamed her for being way too sexy in the classroom. Let me get this straight. She is wearing a dress that is long enough to go just above the knee. Hey Fashion Police, I’d like to see the dress code in the teacher’s manual to see if she is breaking any rules.
While she has gotten a tremendous amount of support from people all over the world on social media, the backlash about her choice of clothing still caused quite a stir. A statement was released by the Atlanta Public School system to Fox 5 that said, “Brown was given guidance regarding the APS Employee Dress Code, the use of social media, and Georgia Code of Ethics for educators, and she has been cooperative in addressing her presence on social media.”
As of Wednesday, Brown has deleted all of her classroom pictures off of her Instagram.
In an interview with The Daily Dot, Brown said, "I just wish they would respect me and focus on the positive and what truly matters — which is educating the children of the future generations and providing and caring for them."
Women will never be able to live up to the double standards placed upon us when it comes to society’s dress code. I think Vox is on point with this commercial they produced for a made-up product called “Tranparen-She,” an article of clothing that helps you fit into society’s standards by making your body completely disappear. This way you can live free of judgment, ridicule and just be totally invisible. Sounds great, right?