Sophomore Boys: Stop Objectifying Your Peers

An Instagram account appeared yesterday rating sophomore girls by their looks

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Graphic by Brayden Daniels

This “bracket” was posted on Instagram with the names of sophomore girls to rank their appearance (names have been blurred to protect their privacy).

Objectifying people by their looks is not something that should be taken lightly. 

Unfortunately, an anonymous Instagram account appeared yesterday on which a Tyrone High School student (or students) published a “March Madness” style-bracket targeting sophomore girls and judging them based on their “attractiveness.”

It’s unfair how they think they have the right to judge us. I feel bad for the girls on that list and off because every single one of them doesn’t need to be objectified based on their attractiveness.”

As a woman, I am here to say this is not okay.

Nobody asked to be judged by insecure sophomore boys about how they look. 

“It’s unfair how they think they have the right to judge us. I feel bad for the girls on, and off, that list because every single one of them doesn’t need to be objectified based on their attractiveness. It’s honestly rude they need to keep their opinions to themselves because nobody asked to be on it,” said one of the students targeted by the account.

Unfortunately, many students are taking this bracket seriously and clearly think it’s acceptable to judge women by their looks. 

The immaturity involved in making or sharing something like this is disappointing. If students expect to be treated as young adults, they should begin to act like it. 

No one has the right to judge women, or anyone for that matter, based on their appearance. 

I’m sure that many who are saying this is “funny” or “harmless” would be upset to be included in something like this.  

Insecurity about looks and validation by others is something that everyone struggles with, especially teenagers.  Things like this Instagram account make the situation even worse.

To think that it would ever be okay to place numbers on people and think that it’s acceptable, is immature and honestly…it’s embarrassing. 

Those responsible should be identified and held accountable.