Apparently a woman was recently harassed for wearing a tight dress to a wedding.

The dress was pretty in my opinion, but was a tad inappropriate for the event.

It was a tube top tight-fitted dress that I believe would have stopped at the very end of her buttock.

Her response was applauded as “perfect” because she has a backbone.

I agree that she shouldn’t have let people get her down just because they decided to be rude and smack her buttock and pour beer on her, but somewhere along the line, ladies have to learn modesty.

Every time I see a story similar to this I see arguments of “slut shaming.”

We even discussed these topics when I attended Longwood along with body shaming, gender roles and several other topics, but the bottom line is, dress will play a role in how people see you.

I’ve always been told, if you got it, flaunt it, and sometimes, such as when I’m at the beach away from everyone I know, I may flaunt it a little bit more.

But, I know that comes with a price.

I know if I choose to wear a crop top and Daisy Dukes versus capris and a T-shirt, I’m going to get more attention.

I may not even get noticed in a T-shirt, but in a crop top, I might get catcalled or offered a free drink.

Let’s get back to “slut shaming.”

Often times women use the phrase “slut shaming” saying women have the right to wear whatever they want without the fear of being labeled a slut or harassed because of their option of dress.

They say they can wear whatever they want without repercussions, but when you have more exposed, you’re more likely to catch a guy’s attention, and the more you have exposed, the more negative of a response you’re likely to get.

So, why not dress modestly, or at least sensibly.

The dress that I mentioned at the beginning looked too tight, and looked like her body might be exposed if she were to sit down. It looked more similar to dresses that I’ve seen worn in a club.

I don’t know what else to say other than what a former P.E. teacher of mine use to remind us — we should always leave some of it for the imagination.

Ashley Hodge reports for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at

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