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Christian College Women Told To Bind Their Breasts

Discussion in 'Religious News' started by Skwim, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. Skwim

    Skwim Veteran Member

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    There's no facepalm large enough.


    "A Christian college told women to bind their breasts for a singing and dancing competition — by using tape or wearing multiple bras — so no one in the audience would see and “noticeable movement” during performances.

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    Samford University in Alabama didn’t deny any of this. In fact, a spokesperson merely said “emotions run high” during theatrical productions and the breast-binding was requested due to the “professional lighting and high definition video.”

    Brit Blalock, founder of SAFE Samford [Students, Alumni and Faculty for Equality], said she spoke to several women taking part in the competition who said their all-female student groups were told to bind their breasts with Ace bandages or to wear two or three bras to prevent any noticeable movement of breasts during their performances.

    “I heard it from the directors of my show, and I don’t think they were happy about it,” [senior Rachel] Williams said. “They instructed us prior to dress rehearsal that we should wear multiple bras; apparently that wasn’t enough, and we were told to use Ace bandages.”

    The students had to go out and find bandages, she said.

    “We bought out Target and Walmart and several drug stores,” she said. “It was not fun. You’re singing and dancing. It’s a pretty intense six minutes of performing. It was very not fun and it was very insulting.”
    Well, at least the school doesn’t outright forbid dancing. That’s progress… right?

    The school issued a statement in response to the controversy. It’s not an apology, just an excuse.

    “Step Sing has been a cherished tradition on the Samford campus for nearly 70 years,” said Katie Stripling, executive director of marketing and communications for Samford. “As is the case with all theatrical productions, emotions run high and organizers often require last minute changes to costumes and routines. Every year male and female groups receive feedback during dress rehearsal. The professional lighting and high definition video used in this year’s production created issues with costumes that were addressed in order to ensure that none of our students were embarrassed or singled out by what the lights could show. More than 50,000 people will see this year’s performance in person or via the live stream. Our top priority is always the safety and well-being of our students.”
    Other schools would make sure the floor isn’t slippery and the fire exits are clear. Samford shamed the women who had larger breasts. How that keeps them safe is anyone’s guess.
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  2. Treks

    Treks Tearing at the soil to find the ground

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    I am guessing most professional dancers would also have some serious sports bras going on to keep their boobs from bouncing all over the place.
     
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  3. Skwim

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    I think this goes beyond "also." Binding one's breasts or wearing two or three bras goes way beyond wearing a sports bra.

    But, what is significant here is that all this binding and multiple bras isn't for the comfort of or aid to the girls, but that "the audience would see and 'noticeable movement' during performances."

    "Did you see that George? The breasts on that girl, second from the left in the front row. They moved. . . . .We're getting out of here. And Now!. . . George! . . . . . . . GEORGE! . . . . . . GEORGE!"

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  4. Ray Warren

    Ray Warren There is beauty in the silence.

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    Ok so i bind my chest...helps me with my gender dysphoria. I wouldn't ask someone who isn't ok with doing that to do so. It's highly uncomfortable. However there are a few things about binding-done unsafely and you could endup with serious consquencences.Trust me I know. I ended up bruising my chest from binding improperly and almost broke my ribs.This was in the beginning of January and my chest is still bruised. i however know how to bind properly I just was stupid enough to use ace bandages knowing it was unsafe to do so and wore it for longer then 6-8 hours. If binding with enough bras it's actually more unsafe then using ace banages. And tape??? No that is a terrible idea. I have heard of people cracking their ribs from unsafe binding. You can also pass out during exercising because it constricts your breathing.You should never bind while doing a lot of physical work is what I was told.Dancing is included in this.This is not only wrong to have people who don't want to bind their chest to do so but it is unsafe physically if done improperly.
     
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    They have, and male dancers wear dance belts to stop their privates from swinging about everywhere. It's common dance courtesy.
     
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  6. Ray Warren

    Ray Warren There is beauty in the silence.

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    I just finished reading and this ticks me off. Like I said ace bandages are unsafe. In the trans community you are told never bind with ace bandages for a good reason and like I said I have.I was in pain within 30 minutes. I ignored it but it was very painful. And afterwards I had(and still have) bruises.So yeah not good this is wrong.
     
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    Not worried about peoples swinging bits. Boobs move, men's stuff does too, not bothered by it nor, really, would I imagine, is anyone else. I think sports bras are about performance though, since I would imagine it is difficult to dance while bouncing all over the place. Men tend to wear athletic supporters for the same reason.
     
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    Maybe this will help?

    Ballet Clothes - What To Wear As A Dancer
     
  9. Landon Caeli

    Landon Caeli What's your stoyle?

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    Quiet Martha! I'm busy watching! :D
     
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    If it were about safety or protection of the dancers I would almost understand. Although, again, the method of binding described here is quite unsafe and could easily lead to injuries. That it's to protect the sensitive eyes of body shamers might lead me to injury rolling my own eyes.
     
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    Yeah I've heard that gets painful with the girls bouncing around and all.
     
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    Modesty culture issue in my view not merely regarding the clothes but the type of "reaction" this rule was designed to avoid. Serious its 2019 and there is the interest..... you get the idea. I would add since it is a competition there will be more likely than not various types of costumes from loose to tight so the rule will not be applicable for every costume thus not necessary for all contestants.
     
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    Where did the "theology" of body parts being bad come from?
     
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    When things went awry in the Garden.

    Genesis 2:25
    25 The man and his wife were naked, but they were not ashamed. :)
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    Genesis 3:7
    7 Then it was as if their eyes opened, and they saw things differently. They saw that they were naked. So they got some fig leaves, sewed them together, and wore them for clothes. :(

    adam and eve after.png


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