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Lawrence High school senior Gypsy Williams.

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Joel Hood 5 years, 3 months ago

Is it just me, or would many of you send out your high school, teenage daughter looking like this? I'm just sayin'...

totealongshaker1 5 years, 3 months ago

dude, they named her Gypsy ... seems pretty laid back to me. just saying

sarah_t 5 years, 3 months ago

Yes, because success has nothing to do with intelligence, creativity and passion, it's completely contingent upon what name you're given. There certainly aren't any celebrities with unusual name either. be3, your logic is flawless.

jcwills 5 years, 3 months ago

wow! classy be3! what did your parents name you to insure you failed in life?

pecopoopoopants 5 years, 3 months ago

It never fails to amaze me how rude some 'adults' can be when it comes to things that they don't agree with or understand. I am horrified that such comments were directed to children over their clothing, especially from such a 'liberal' town such as Lawrence. I remember being that age and seeing Larrytown as a mid-west oasis of acceptability. I grew up and so has my views. I've since learned that Lawrence is filled with nothing more than a bunch of self-righteous, over-educated bigots. If attacking young women about their clothing is what gets your motor running than heaven help us all. All I can say is keep commenting and talking so I'll know when to cross the street to avoid narrow-mindedness.

For those of you with less than complimentary comments and who also have children, I suggest you get down on your knees and pray to your God that they aren't subjected to this criticism for what they wear, say or believe in. This is the land of the Brave and Free……last time I checked!

ps. I'll bet dimes to doughnuts that those of you throwing stones are living in glass houses. Careful, you may get cut on all that broken glass.

beawolf 5 years, 3 months ago

Every generation dresses a bit different. I remember bell bottom jeans with holes all over. A ragged tye-dyed shirt, hair down to there, beads and I was one of the more conservative dressers.

I think it's a nice pic.

Joel Hood 5 years, 3 months ago

peco, I am very much a “live and let live” person and I too have a young daughter. If she wore this and came up to me and asked, “Daddy, what statement does this outfit make?” I’d tell her the truth, “Darling, it says ‘easy access’.”

I’m really trying to NOT be critical of this girl. I’m sure she is a bright young woman. But, I see this from a father’s persprective and I know what people think – I know what young men think. What we wear projects an image to the general public. Rightly or wrongly, it communicates something about us. For example,

  • Doctors wear scrubs…
  • Farmers wear overalls…
  • Firefighters wear red helmets…
  • Who wears a leopard mini-mini with shredded fishnet stockings?

If something unflattering came to mind, don’t blame or insinuate me. Whatever came to your mind did not come from from me. I just pointed out what image she projects in your mind. Personlly, I don’t care what image your daughter projects to the general public, that is your business. But, my teenage daughter would never wear something like that because of the message it sends.

Katara 5 years, 3 months ago

jayhawkerjoel (Anonymous) says… peco, I am very much a “live and let live” person and I too have a young daughter. If she wore this and came up to me and asked, “Daddy, what statement does this outfit make?” I’d tell her the truth, “Darling, it says ‘easy access’.”

I’m really trying to NOT be critical of this girl. I’m sure she is a bright young woman. But, I see this from a father’s persprective and I know what people think – I know what young men think. What we wear projects an image to the general public. Rightly or wrongly, it communicates something about us. For example,

  • Doctors wear scrubs…
  • Farmers wear overalls…
  • Firefighters wear red helmets…
  • Who wears a leopard mini-mini with shredded fishnet stockings?

If something unflattering came to mind, don’t blame or insinuate me. Whatever came to your mind did not come from from me. I just pointed out what image she projects in your mind. Personlly, I don’t care what image your daughter projects to the general public, that is your business. But, my teenage daughter would never wear something like that because of the message it sends. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ You're comparing outfits that are specific to jobs to what a teenage girl is wearing? Doctors don't wear scrubs 24/7. Farmers don't wear overalls 24/7 (and some farmers don't wear them at all). And, of course, firemen don't wear their helmets 24/7.

You should just get it out of the way and just say what you mean. You think she dresses like a whore.

And yes, you should be blamed too. You help perpetuate that type of thinking.

pecopoopoopants 5 years, 3 months ago

I wonder if Joel's daughter wore a size 18 if he would object to someone calling her a fat pig. He has opinions and the right to them, but when it comes to other people's children he should keep them to himself. And as for what is in my mind....the question should be is where (or what gutter) is Joel's mind in to look at a young girl's outfit and come to a conclusion of ''easy access''. I would imagine that as a father, your daughter's happiness is your most prized possession. Why don't you allow other people the freedom (without your comments) to raise their children the way they see fit. As long as she isn't doing anything that is taking from my tax dollars I could care less if she walked down Mass naked. I think the problem is that men can look at any woman and based on her dress will come to a conclusion of how loose she 'might' be. Live and let live couldn't be a motto from a ''man'' who thinks his comments are worthy enough to tear down a child. But then again you may think it's ok to yell fire in theater too.

Joel Hood 5 years, 3 months ago

Wow. You all seem to think you have an inside track into my character. I'm not telling anyone how to raise their children. I previously said I believe that this girl is probably a wonderful person. My post went to how we are judged by the general public, based on what we wear. If I wear rags downtown, people might think I am a vagrant. If you let your kids run naked, people will judge you - as horrible as that may sound.

Yeah sure, I must be a horrible father. I raise my kids to take pride in the accomplishments; to play and compete fairly; to not judge others unless you personally know their character; and what really makes me horrible is that I instill in my daughter that her self worth has nothing to do with the sexual objectification society places on women. And here is the kicker, I teach them that other people will unfairly judge them for superficial reasons - i.e., they way they dress. Yeah, I'm perpetuating our social problems.

pecopoopoopants 5 years, 3 months ago

Joel if i misread your character, i apologize. I would choose my words a bit more carefully when commenting on another parent's child.

I'm just saying..................

Joel Hood 5 years, 3 months ago

peco, No worries. For what it is worth, a member of my family was once assaulted. I try to teach my kids to be aware and at times I can be rather blunt. When I see someone else's babygirl (and that's what she is to me - just a a baby) dressing like this, I really wonder if people are aware of the bad things that can happen. Of course this isn't fair - she should be able to wear whatever she wants to. But, there are bad people in the world and clothing like this doesn't exactly make the baby girls safer. Sorry if my bluntness was offensive.

5 years, 3 months ago

I hate to beat a dead horse, now that everyone's made their peace, but... jhj, if I'm reading correctly, you're saying if (god forbid) Gypsy was attacked, that it was the short skirt that provoked it? Really?! Yes, there are bad people out there. But we can't let bad people govern the choices we make, including what outfit we put on in the morning. Living in fear has torn this country to shreds already (kinda like Gypsy's awesome leggings ;). Before you post a judgment based on fear, dig deep for your common decency and realize who will be reading it (i.e. Gypsy). Teenage girls have enough to deal with, without anonymous trolls posting thoughtless comments on their appearance. Shame on you.

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