Creepy Dads With Impure Thoughts Get Homeschooled Girl Kicked Out Of Prom

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I was tipped off to this absurd story by awesome and respected Mommyish reader Rachel Sea, and I still can’t believe what I am reading. A 17-year-old girl attending a homeschool prom and wearing appropriate clothing per prom guidelines got kicked out of prom because middle-aged homeschool dads could not stop staring at her.

This is so much WTF. 17-year-old Clare attending the Richmond Homeschool Prom met the basic prom dress code below: 


She was wearing formal attire, and as her sister recounted the story, she was very excited for the night ahead. Clare did what any typical teen girl would do in preparation for prom, saved money for a dress, tried on dozens of gowns, and picked out the perfect one:

“Like a good little homeschooler,” Clare writes, “I made sure that the dress was fingertip length on me; I even tried it on with my shoes, just to be sure.”

But this is where the story takes a turn for the crazy:

Unfortunately for Clare, the night of her much-anticipated homeschool prom didn’t go as planned. She didn’t expect — and understandably so! — that there would be “dads on the balcony above the dance floor, ogling and talking amongst themselves.” These dads were ogling to the point that Clare and her friends felt “grossed out.”

Apparently, these creepy dads were bothered by the attractiveness of a 17-year-old girl and couldn’t ward off the onslaught of impure thoughts. If you’ve ever been in the ultra-religious Christian culture before, you’ll know that these dads used every trick in the book to get Clare kicked out of prom, including calling her dancing provocative and claiming she would cause teen boys at prom to think impure thoughts too. Clare was ultimately kicked out.

I am so familiar with this scenario that it’s not even funny. I was homeschooled, I grew up in a Christian community, and I also went to Bible College as an adult. I would never homeschool my kids personally, but I am still a Christian today. I have great respect for my faith. However, the very fundamental Christian viewpoint described above can kiss my ass.

I remember these dress code restrictions and “impure thought” talks throughout my life, even as adult. I remember being embarrassed when I was pulled aside in Bible College as an adult because my long-sleeve shirt was several inches above my pants when I raised my arms, presumably to praise the Lord. I was so embarrassed at the time, but in retrospect, I am just mad.

Thank God Clare has enough self-respect to recognize that the situation was wrong, wrong, wrong. She had the following to say about the whole ordeal that ruined her perfect night:

“Enough with the slut shaming. Please. Goddamn I’m not responsible for some perverted 45 year old dad lusting after me because I have a sparkly dress on and a big ass for a teenager. And if you think I am, then maybe you’re part of the problem.”

(Image: Hannah Ettinger)