A woman was on the track and field team at school and was one day partnered up with a schoolmate named Suzie, who was a Mormon. The woman had always respected different religious beliefs in the past, yet she would soon find that Suzie’s religious beliefs would lead her to make a decision that was arguably provocative against Mormonism.
Track Team Dynamics
One day at school, the woman found herself partnered up with Suzie, a fellow teammate who held strong Mormon beliefs. Their coach had paired them up for the cross-country race, forcing them to practice together more often.
Suzie’s Extreme Beliefs
The woman was tolerant of Suzie’s religious beliefs, but one day discovered that her conservatism extended to her choice of clothing. “In the 75-degree heat, she’ll wear long sleeves and leggings, because regular running clothes are ‘immoral,’” the woman laughed. “I have Mormon friends who wear tank tops and shorts, so I found this extreme.”
A Difference in Attire
In contrast, the woman’s personal preference leaned toward tank tops and shorts. Her choice was practical; she’d fainted from heat exhaustion in the past and needed to stay cool during her runs.
The Clash Unfolds
The woman explained that, during one session, tensions erupted out of nowhere: “Suzie asked me to change out of my clothes. I asked why, and she said, ‘It makes me uncomfortable to see you walk around in that outfit. You’re being provocative and immoral. I’ve tried to put up with you, but it’s very hard to ignore your body, especially with all the boys here.”
A Fiery Exchange
Angered by Suzie’s judgmental remarks, the woman did not hold back. She responded, “In case you haven’t noticed, you’re the only one wearing long sleeves! I don’t care what guys think; I don’t want to end up in the hospital!” The confrontation left both girls seething.
Undeterred by the previous day’s clash, the woman continued to wear her usual attire. In fact, she decided to wear a crop top the following day, refusing to bow to Suzie’s commands.
Adding Fuel to the Fire
Seeking solace, the woman vented her frustration with Suzie to her friend. “I hope this skimpy crop top is immoral enough for her now!”, she laughed. Suzie happened to be walking by at that moment, and hearing the woman’s comments, glared at her and mouthed a derogatory term to her.
Her Friend’s Perspective
The woman’s friend acknowledged that Suzie’s initial comment had been out of line. However, she cautioned her against intentionally provoking her, explaining that she was being a jerk by taking the dispute too far.
Despite her friend’s warning, the woman defended her actions. “I was honestly shocked at the derogatory language that Suzie had been using to describe me,” she explained. “It’s never happened to me before, and I couldn’t believe that a girl my age whom I’d known since middle school was saying it.”
A Moral Dilemma
However, the woman knew that her friend was right, at least partially. Whilst she had a right to wear what she wanted, she admitted that she was deliberately trying to provoke Suzie, and this could be seen not only as petty but as religiously insensitive.
An Online Verdict
The woman headed online to explain her moral dilemma, asking readers whether they agreed that she was taking things too far. However, to her surprise, everyone came to her defense. “Suzie gets to decide how she dresses, not how you dress,” one commenter pointed out. “She shouldn’t have shamed you. Your anger is justified.”
The woman found that not only were people defending her, but they were encouraging her to escalate the situation. “You’ve done nothing wrong”, another reader defended. “I’d report her to your coach if I were you, her judgment is unacceptable.”
Another reader criticized Suzie’s view of women. “The internalized misogyny and victim blaming is strong in this one! It’s attitudes like Suzie’s which perpetuate rape culture, and we will never have equality while these disgusting views are around.”
Suzie the Hypocrite
Many readers pointed out that Suzie was acting highly hypocritical. “I find it odd this holier-than-thou girl is the only one staring at you, assessing your body, and commenting on your attire,” one reader noted. “If it truly bothered her she would stop looking. If she can’t stop looking then she should quit the team.”
One reader made an amusing yet accurate point. “Are the boys wearing long sleeves and trousers? I assume they are also wearing vest tops and shorts, but to people like Suzie it’s only women’s bodies which are shameful – it’s crazy these views still exist.”
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