A senior at Cornell University felt so “oppressed” that she decided to deliver her thesis in just her bra and panties. However, her scandalous plan backfired massively thanks to an important detail she completely overlooked.
According to The Daily Caller, a Cornell University student delivered her thesis in her bra and underwear after a professor suggested her outfit of short shorts and a blue button-down shirt would be inappropriate. The Ivy League student, Letitia Chai, said, “Strip, everybody!” before presenting her thesis on refugee rehabilitation. The Cornell Sun reported that 28 out of 44 people in the room followed her lead.
Chai claimed that when she first attempted to give her presentation, that time dressed in the button-down shirt and short shorts, Professor Rebekah Maggor said, “Is that really what you would wear?” and, as “a white woman,” proceeded to call her shorts “too short.”
The professor compared Chai’s outfit situation to her request to another student to take off his cap, but Chai resisted this comparison. Maggor allegedly asked Chai, “What would your mom think?”
“My mom is a Feminist, Gender, Sexuality Studies professor,” Chai responded. “She has dedicated her life to the empowerment of people in all gender identities. So, I think my mother would be fine with my shorts.”
“I do not tell my students what to wear, nor do I define for them what constitutes appropriate dress,” said Maggor. “I ask them to reflect for themselves and make their own decisions.” Maggor’s course syllabus does not establish a dress code, but it does tell students to “dress appropriately for the persona [they] will present.”
Chai apparently wanted to present the persona of a stripper when she ultimately delivered her thesis:
Letitia Chai is Korean and noted that her parents were watching her presentation from Korea at the beginning of the above video. In the wake of other news surrounding the same part of the world, her stand against perceived oppression and gender bias can really be put into perspective.
Indeed, as Chai was stripping down in her university classroom because she is supposedly so “oppressed,” three men who had been held hostage in North Korea were making their way back to America after more than one year in captivity, where they were forced to perform hard labor day in and day out for committing no crime at all.
It is ironic that both of these stories would make headlines in the same week. On one hand, we have three men who lived through a real-life nightmare when they were held in a hard labor camp in North Korea for more than a year.
They experienced real oppression; the kind that strips all of your rights to freedom of speech and expression and forces you to endure unspeakable punishments when you aren’t even guilty of a real crime. On the contrary, being asked to dress professionally so that you might be taken seriously is not oppression.
It also has nothing to do with gender bias. If one of Professor Maggor’s male students had walked into class and tried to deliver their thesis wearing, say, bathing suit trunks and a t-shirt, the educator’s response likely would have been the same one she gave to Chai. Obviously, neither individual would have been taken seriously, regardless of their gender.
This is an important lesson for young adults to learn as they prepare to graduate from college and enter the workforce. Soon, they will be interviewing for jobs and required to make a professional first impression. According to Chai, Professor Maggor is a sexist for trying to teach her students the value of presenting a professional image. Apparently, that high dollar Cornell education hasn’t taught Letitia Chai much common sense, which is perhaps the most invaluable trait one can have in today’s world.