Sonya Sanchez Arias

Well written - but there's another side to this letter that needs to be addressed, especially with regards to the following words: "We do not dress for you. Our bodies are our own." - Really? Then why do so many of my Caribbean sisters disrespect their own bodies by wearing vulgar clothes that leave nothing to the imagination? Why is stripper clothing becoming mainstream? And please explain the excessive popularity of the new style of dancing called "twerking". Please tell me who was that dance was invented for - our sisters? Why are young women 'twerking' and bending over on all fours inviting men to 'jam' them from behind - who is that behavior a message for? Dressing sexy or vulgar and not expecting a caribbean man to 'soot' or comment is no different - than covering your entire body with tattoos and piercings and not expecting anyone to stare. It's just not going to happen! The way you dress and carry yourself, your body language, the way you speak or respond in a conversation, your manners, your dignity, your self respect, it all sends a message. Everyone in society should be a role model, not only for their own self-respect, but to inspire respect from others.

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