Just stop! A dress does not make anyone — including Megyn Kelly — a slut

There are a lot of things to be passionate about during the Republican National Convention. We’re in the middle of a race for the United States presidency. There’s a lot to cover. But instead of policies or candidates, the internet wants to shame Megyn Kelly for her outfit choices.

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Kelly wore a black spaghetti-strap dress during her coverage of the Convention last night and people have been shaming her ever since. Some simply claimed that the outfit looked like a swimsuit when the show televised a close-up of her face. Others went as far as to say she looked like an escort.

They didn’t bother to consider the fact that she was reporting on the biggest event in American politics that night. Mostly they were just concerned that her dress looked like it was a slut’s dress.

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I’d like to take this time to remind everyone that a dress, or any clothing, really, cannot have an occupation. A dress is a dress is a dress is a dress. Sure, Kelly’s shoulders were exposed, but I’m not sure how that translates into sexual promiscuity, or how what she does or doesn’t do off-camera is anyone’s business.

One local anchor on Twitter did point out that there are standards of attire. Brooke Taylor wrote, “Men are in suits and she’s half naked.” She does have a point that if the men are in suits and everyone else is covering their shoulders, then maybe she should have rethought what she decided to wear on TV. But again, having bare arms and bare shoulders does not mean half-naked. Nor does it have any relevance to the kind of job she can do as an anchor.

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This is just another example of how easy it is for people to miss the entire point and focus on something meaningless. We need to be listening to her words and considering them so we can make the best vote possible, not calling someone in a spaghetti-strap dress a slut.

Let’s do better, please.