When we work, study, learn or narrate ourselves, it must only be about presenting the substance in ourselves that we create, in varied forms, and at honest creative spaces. Right?
A Cornell University senior, when questioned about what she wore at the trial run, delivered her honors thesis in her underwear.
“The first thing that the professor said to me was ‘is that really what you would wear?’’ Chai told the Cornell Sun.
The syllabus does not bound the students to dress a certain way. However, for performances professor Rebekah Maggor, who questioned Chai for her attire, coaxes students to “dress appropriately for the persona” to present.
The professor who teaches the Wednesday section of PMA 3815 Acting in Public: Performance in Everyday Life, ostensibly told the girl that her shorts were “too short” and that she was trying to make a “statement” with her attire. “I do not tell my students what to wear, nor do I define for them what constitutes appropriate dress,” the professor told the Cornell Sun. “I ask them to reflect for themselves and make their own decisions.”
What the girl did, reflects brilliantly, how impertinent it has become for us, as humans, to stop normalizing the orders and certain aspects attached to our ways of being , being necessarily regarded “right”. Here, the bigger picture is not to prove one wrong and the other right, but about pushing the spaces that all our platforms of different fields function at, into operating at the core that only values the uplifting substance being brought forward, and does not attach the substance to our multiple set of moral and social obligations.
“My mom is a feminist, gender, and sexuality studies professor. She’s fine with my shorts,” Chai answered. Adding on, she exclaimed, “I am going to give the best speech of my life.”