Perhaps you’ve seen the story about the Colorado
trollop teenager whose yearbook picture was rejected for being too racy. Future chemical engineer Sydney Spies wanted to use a photo of her wearing a short yellow skirt and a modified black tube top as her official senior portrait in the Durango High School Yearbook. But the co-editors of the book (all students) said the photo was inappropriate.
“We are an award-winning yearbook. We don’t want to diminish the quality with something that can be seen as unprofessional,” said editor Brian Jaramillo.
Poor Sydney. If an innocent girl can’t use her high school yearbook to flaunt her curves in a come-hither pose that’s more suited to some dime-store skin magazine (a photo, by the way, that Sydney’s mom supports) then I ask, how have we as a society progressed in the past 30 years?
It was way back in 1981 that I also fought to get a racy photo of myself posted in my senior high school yearbook. “His goggles are too sexy,” said the protesters, marching outside the principal’s office. “And the way he’s feathered his wispy hair, the inappropriate spread of his collar over his polyester sweater, and those devil-may-care sideburns make Mike’s photo too ‘hot’ for the yearbook.”
In the end, my photo was published, but it was not without a lot of heartache and for weeks, I suffered jealous stares from my classmates who had opted to pose for more subdued, less seductive photos. But as Sydney and her mom would surely agree, what choice do we have? If you’ve got the sexy, flaunt the sexy. Full steam ahead, Sydney! (That means “go for it”, honey.)