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Under wraps and under fire in Utah

| August 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Wasatch High School in Utah in the US has come under fire for airbrushing student photos in its yearbooks. Only girls’ photos were altered to cover up daring necklines and shoulders and to cover tattoos.

One of the dismayed students was Shelby Baum, whose collarbone tattoo reading ‘I am enough the way I am’ was removed from her photograph.

About two-thirds of the residents in Utah belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which encourages members to dress modestly. The move to arbitrarily alter student photographs has caused ructions from several quarters. Says a spokesperson for the Salt Lake City Rape Recovery Centre: “The type of action the school took to cover what they considered immodest clothing sends the message that responsibility lies with women to prevent men from acting in sexually inappropriate ways.”

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