Another Reason To “Be Shameless”:TSA Agent Shames A 15 year Old Girl

Jun 17, 2013
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Today my friend and Boing Boing founder Mark Frauenfelder told me about some upsetting texts he got from his daughter. She is 15 years old and was flying out of LAX to visit colleges with some other students. The TSA officer checking her through gave her hostile looks and told her she needed to “cover up.” She was wearing a tank top with a plaid shirt over it and leggings. Not that it matters one bit what she was wearing. This may not seem like a big deal. To Mark it’s a big deal. To his daughter it’s a big deal. To us, things like this need to matter, because they inject shame (or try to) in a young woman who is just living her life, going to check out colleges, and throws on the first of what will unfortunately be many layers of sexism she will encounter in her life. It’s like when someone experiences racism for the first time: it’s going to happen again, but the first time is especially jarring and hurtful.


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