All 8th grade class photos look pretty much exactly like this:
What sets this particular class photo apart is the controversy it caused at Clermont Northeastern Middle School in Owensville, Ohio and, subsequently, on the Internet.
If you look closely, you'll see a girl in a black shirt sitting in the front row. That's our newest role model, Sophie Thomas, and the lettering on her shirt reads:
But when Sophie saw the final product of the photo, she noticed that the lettering had vanished. It had been digitally removed from her shirt and the picture.
It turns out her school's principal had made the decision to remove the CSFW (Completely Safe For Work) message from her shirt because "other people might find it offensive."
Infuriated, Sophie decided to turn her problem into an opportunity to make a change.
Under the picture she posted to Instagram she included a message asking her followers, and the Internet at large, to join her in protest:
EVERYONE PARTICIPATING WILL BE WEARING A SHIRT WITH A PHRASE LIKE "I DESERVE FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION" OR "FEMINISM ISN'T OFFENSIVE" OR ANYTHING THAT YOU BELIEVE FITS! PLEASE MAKE A SHIRT AND JOIN US AND HELP TAKE CARE OF THIS ISSUE. PLEASE REPOST AND SPREAD EVERYWHERE USING THE HASHTAG #IDESERVEFREEDOMOFEXPRESSION THANK YOU!
Her hashtag movement took off and soon enough tons of people were posting pictures of themselves wearing "FEMINIST" shirts in a display of solidarity.
"We're hoping that we can get everyone in our community to realize that it's not a bad word," Thomas told MTV.com. "We want everybody to know what it really means, and to know that it's there because there are problems, not just here in America but everywhere."
The "feminist" shirt has started a modern day feminist movement of its own and has drawn attention from a whole new generation on social media.
It's clear that Thomas will continue to spread her message throughout the world and has made feminists across the Internet very proud.
(H/T: WJBK Fox 2 Detroit)
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