How do you feel about Letitia Chai's protest?

How do you feel about Letitia Chai's protest?
"Cornell University student Letitia Chai stripped down to her underwear while delivering a presentation this week after a professor reportedly told her that her shorts were “too short”... About two dozen of Chai’s fellow students joined in.

“This topic transcends all of our social identities and taps right into the heart of who we are,” Chai said to a room of nearly 50 people while presenting her thesis paper[...] Letitia Chai led the revealing demonstration Saturday... to stand up “against oppressive beliefs"[...]

Chai began undressing as she held back tears[...] “I am more than Asian. I am more than a woman. I am more than Letitia Chai. I am a human being,” she said while undressing. “And I ask you to take this leap of faith, to take this next step, or rather this next strip, in our movement and to join me in revealing to each other and to seeing each other for who we truly are — members of the human race.” Then 28 of the 44 people in the room also took off their clothes[...]

“This is for every Asian woman who was told to speak up lest others think she’s submissive[...] This is for every POC man who was told to pull his pants to be taken seriously, and every POC woman who's asked to straighten her hair to seem intelligent. This is for every gay friend who was told to dress more ‘straight’ so that others didn’t feel weird around him/her/them. This is for us.”"
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/cornell-student-delivers-thesis-in-underwear-after-professor-questions-her-outfit_n_5af5aed4e4b032b10bfa345f
https://nypost.com/2018/05/10/cornell-student-strips-during-thesis-presentation-to-protest-professor/
I support the message, but I dislike the method of protest.
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I support the message & also the method of protest.
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I don't support the message & I dislike the method of protest.
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I don't support the message, but I'm fine with the method of protest, because I like seeing people half-naked.
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I'm indifferent about the message.
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I'm indifferent about the message, but I dislike the method of protest.
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I'm indifferent about the message, but I like the method of protest, because I like seeing people half-naked
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  • So melting like a snowflake over something that small, and then "protesting" through public indecency? Are you freaking kidding me?

    That's INFANTILE! Little kids protest not getting the ice cream cone they want by pulling their pants down in public!

    She should try being given the full Gestapo treatment, just for waving hello to a classmate while at a cafeteria - not even by reason of the classmate complaining; but by way of the dining services staff conducting a witch hunt for some completely asinine non-reason, and taking it on themselves, while using the "victim" other classmate that wasn't even complaining as an excuse!

    She should try being under 24 / 7 police surveillance over a baseless rumor, being compared to pedophiles for no reason by hateful lunatic staff members on campus, be unable to perform assignments because you need to have someone else on campus to help you out with that per the assignment and yet, everyone's been taught to fear you so they refuse to help you out.

    She should try being treated like Dahmer for no reason, being ordered around like a prisoner for no reason, constantly threatened with this or that if she doesn't go to XYZ meeting at a certain time on a certain day, denied even basic sympathy when she has to skip a class because she's in the freakin' emergency room because she can't breathe after catching a virus, and then forced to perform group assignments with classmates that are complete and utter losers - and then have the teacher insult her for their failing at life, and have her take the majority of insults for the fact that the project is less than the quality of a Disney production.

    Because that happened to me. Who was there to be a shoulder for me to cry on? Not most of my peers. They were too busy getting drunk, or screwing those bored Hmong girls from Canada that decided to be loosy-goosy that evening.

    So I'm trying to sleep, wondering how many fires I'll have to put out the next day, and who's spying on me, and who's whipping up BS on me, or who's gonna vandalize my stuff next. And I would wake up to the sound of the jerkoff from 3 rooms away, having sex with a Hmong girl, not caring that it's 3 AM and he's waking everyone else up. Yet, no matter what, I'm treated as the bad guy.

    She should have to live through that. Then, she'll know what it means to be a "victim" in college. She's not a victim. She's a whiny brat.

  • Okay, so a few things:

    1) I was going to watch the whole thing, all the way through, but I just don't have the time. I will probably revisit it at a later date, to see how it concludes

    2) The camera person was filming long before this woman ever stripped her shirt and pants off, so this was CLEARLY staged and not at all an impromptu thing

    3) She was talking about stuff I have no knowledge of, as if I--the viewing audience--am just supposed to know what she's referring to. She kept saying how she was "sick and tired" of the oppression, but then immediately after her protest, she dropped the whole thing and went straight into her Senior Thesis. She was also laughing a lot after she dropped the protest, as if it was a joke the whole class was in on.

    4) The entire ordeal lasted a full 34 minutes, 6 minutes of which was devoted to ostensibly what amounted to "making a scene"

    5) During her presentation (what I saw of it, anyway), she kept making claims of fact in regards to refugees in the Myanmar region of Southeast Asia--especially women who are victims of sexual abuse and violence--but she never put forth statistics, provided citations or use any other kind of academic resource to bolster her presentation. Everything came across as "just believe me". I'm sorry, but that ain't happening

    6) Obviously, throughout the entire presentation, she was basically naked. I think she thought this was supposed to bolster her credibility by making her seem more like the women in Myanmar, but all I really did was make me think she had some screws lose... especially when, as stated above, this entire fiasco amounted to a soft protest

    All-in-all, one of the absolute worst, most ham-fisted, poorly-conceived ideas to get people over to your cause I have ever laid witness to. If there was a way to act like an entitled millennial while simultaneously scrounging for credibility to lay witness to your plight, this was it. There are methods to making the abuse of women in Southeast Asia sympathetic and a worthy cause to consider for humanitarian aide; this was NOT that method.

Most Helpful Girls

  • Lol.

    So if she's started working and her employer told her the skirt is "too short", she's gonna strip again?

    I don't think this is a fight about being human. It's not about targetting her specifically neither. She just needs to learn better about college ethics.

  • Fuck this cunt. Yes you meed to respect others. How would you feel if i whipped my breasts out in front of your boyfriend or your children. People need to learn the whole world does not revolve around fhem. Fuck this cunt and the lame ass attempt to make this about race.

    • Right on. Great minds think alike.

    • Y'all take this way too seriously. I laughed because it was so stupid that it was funny.
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  • I support both the cause and the method. While it may seem extreme, her actions made her seen and heard. It's sad that women need to go this far in order to be listened to

  • A slight over reaction. She could have stopped and discussed it with him and then filed a grievance.

    I just don't see the connection between short shorts and the racism that people of Asian descent experience in the U. S.

  • Interesting. Good for her and I hope it made a resounding impact.

  • Think what you want about her "message", the professor's complaint was valid. There is a dress code at the University (at least in Europe). You can't come to a place of high education wearing stripper clothes for example... So if her shorts were "too short" then the professor had every right with pointing that out.
    She behaved like a spoiled brat taking all her clothes off and making a big deal out of it...

  • I agree that you should be treated with common courtesy, but life isn't gonna kiss your ass. In certain scenarios and certain situations, you are expected to dress a certain way. If I was a boss of a company and a man walked in sagging his pants, I'll throw his resume out then and there. No matter what, we are all humans no matter what we wear, but as humans, if you want to get somewhere specific in life, you can't act like you are at a club or out with your boys.

  • If she wants to be respected for more than her exterior, taking her clothes off (even partially) ensures that she is objectified all the more.

    So this was not about whatever she claims it was about. It was about getting attention and probably dates.

  • Get the fuck over it. you will be told worse things in life so either get a thicker skin or dress like you aren't some pole dancer.

    How do you feel about Letitia Chai's protest?
  • Like it or not people are judged by how they dress, carry themselves and behave.

    • Agree

    • Yes. Like it or not. But also doesn’t mean it right or wrong either

  • What a stupid thing to take a stand on. Maybe her shorts WERE too short for a professional environment. How the fuck is this a thesis? This is why employers don't care about college degrees anymore.

  • Aren't you supposed to dress presentable for a presentation? What the teacher said may be wrong but the girl isn't totally out of faults either.

  • I think it's important that it was addressed, but don't agree with the method.
    "stop sexualising women!!!" *immediately undresses to their underwear*...
    You don't have to take your clothes off to make a point, if anything she just devalued it.

  • My first thought is. What a stupid place we live in when we think this somehow matters b

    • My second thought is she’s pretty hefty for an Asian

  • For every POC Man told to pull his pants up. So insufferable. As if white guys don't sag their pants. And you know, they aren't taken seriously either. I swear these kids live in a bubble where no one challenges them. Of course she thought this was a good idea. Everyone in her world just claps.

  • And stripping is supposed to prove... what exactly? This is an examine of a misguided protest. The school has a dress code (or the teacher does). By entering the class you're in essence agreeing to the terms and conditions, i. e. not wearing shirts that are too short. You're not being oppressed, there's nothing to protest here.

  • So let me get this straight, she was told to dress appropriately for her school setting and she decided this made her a victim and decided to strip to her underwear to protest her professor having standards for her that he also had for literally every single student and the same standards that are applied to literally every human being in this country and arguabllly the world? I don't care that she stripped, I care that she thinks she is a victim the second some one has an expectation of her. She needs to grow the fuck up and act like a god damn adult. Whats going to happen when her bosses tell her she has to wear a uniform or certain kind of clothing? Does she think that they are going to be impressed with her acting like a fucking three year old? Probably not, she will more then likely be out of a job. So no I don't care about her method of protest (its stupid and not going to do anything but if that's what she wants to do then go for it), I do care about her acting like she is being persecuted for her gender and ethnicity simply because she was held to the same standard as every other person.

  • Good for Letitia, got everyone talking and wasn't violent, beligerent, or demeaning!!!

    • Geez is it just our age or experience that thinks she did well? Everyone else is just slamming her!

    • I think our experience.

  • "I don't wanna fir into society. I expect society to conform to me!" How's that attitude work?

    • I sent you a message; check the "other" category of your inbox (:

  • I support your right to wear whatever you want but this is unprofessional. I would get told the same thing as a man if I wore shorts that showed off 80% of my legs. Next thing you know these people will be fighting for the right to wear underwear to university and work. If you're on the beach, sure, but why are you wearing such clothing on college campus while delivering a presentation? That is just unprofessional.

  • Seems like she just wants to be the centre of attention. What would she do if everyone paid her no attention as if she had done nothing?

  • I support her ♥

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