In February 2010, a website called UIUC No Pants was launched. It includes pictures of students on campus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign wearing leggings or tights as pants, a trend that began making its way around college campuses about two years ago.
The pictures are accompanied by “funny” and sometimes very cruel captions poking fun at these ladies. The website popped up capturing Virginia Tech students wearing these comfortable clothing articles around campus. The site recently went offline.
VT No Pants began documenting girls on our campus in their leggings in early October. A good number of you may be laughing at this, as I did the first time I came across the site. However, the more and more I think about it, the idea of a website created anonymously to try to publicly humiliate people is disgusting.
Juicy Campus and College ACB were bad enough, but anonymous gossip and rumor sites dedicated to making sure college students are “in” on all the latest talk is different than taking pictures of girls’ behinds and posting them on the Internet. There is no excuse for websites like Juicy Campus but, in my opinion, it is downright wrong to photograph women walking to class and post those photos on the Internet for a good chuckle.
It’s no secret that the overwhelming majority of college-aged women are insecure about their bodies. I know if I saw a picture of my butt plastered all over the Internet I could find at least five things I hated about it.
What makes these girls any different? Websites like VT No Pants contribute to the overwhelming and unrealistic standards women are held to. I can’t believe anyone, especially a Hokie, would do this to his peers.
Welcome back to high school, my friends. I thought college was supposed to be a new era in our lives that slowly matured us and took us away from the time in our lives when we didn’t sit next to the computer geeks at lunch. Is this not the same kind of bullying resulting in high school suicides and mass acts of violence? Is our campus not familiar with the hate that can be created in an individual who is bullied?
Where did Hokies Respect go, or the American value of freedom for that matter? Who is this anonymous person to tell the thousands of girls who wear leggings almost daily they are wrong. It hit even closer to home for the weeks the site chose Tech as its prey. We are a campus prized for our humility.
We teach all incoming students Tech is a place where you can be who you want to be, say what you want to say and wear what you want to wear. The person who posted the website is obviously insecure and stuck in high school.
Sorry you can’t go back and beat kids up for their lunch money, but keep your cruelty off of our campus.