Valentine’s Day is all about love. Candies. Cards. Chocolates. The gifts that one receives on this famed day of adulation are typically pleasant. But for one Brigham Young University, Utah, student, the message she was given this past Tuesday was anything but favorable. Brittany Molina, 21, an accounting major, was in for a rude awakening when a young man approached her with a letter, then abruptly rushed away.
Rather than offering adoration, the sheet of paper chastised the young woman and encouraged her to adjust her personal style. Apparently, according to the note, Molina dresses too provocatively.
“You may want to consider that what you’re wearing has a negative effect on men (and women) around you,” the note read. It continued: “Many people come to this university because they feel safe, morally as well as physically, here. They expect others to abide by the Honor Code that we all agreed on. Please consider your commitment to the Honor Code (which you agreed to) when dressing each day. Thank you.”
Here’s an image of the note:
Molina shared the bizarre experience on Twitter, telling her followers that she initially thought the note was a loving gesture — that is, until she read it.
“I’ll remember to dress in jeans, a sweatshirt and tennis shoes tomorrow. That way I don’t make people feel uncomfortable,” she also tweeted. See some of her other messages regarding the incident, which has gained widespread media attention:
She even sent out a picture of the apparently risque outfit she was wearing:
Daily Mail explains the cultural elements at BYU that may have led to the letter being drafted:
The college is heavily influenced by Mormonism and offers students the opportunity to not only study but to focus on their faith.
Students must follow on honor code which along with abstaining from alcohol, tobacco, coffee and swearing, asks that they follow a dress code.
BYU requires that female students don’t dress in revealing or form-fitting clothing and that skirts are knee-length or longer. Excessive piercings and ‘extreme’ hairstyles are also banned.
Earlier this year, there were reports that the university testing center at BYU’s Idaho campus had banned skinny jeans. However, the alleged ban was then later overturned — at least according to a post on BYU Idaho’s Facebook page.
Do you agree with the young man?
(H/T: Daily Mail)