When Kaitlyn Juvik was called into a vice principal’s office on May 25 for not wearing a bra to Helena High School – something she had done all year long – several hundred classmates quickly stepped up to offer the Montana teen their, um, support, including several boys who strapped bras on over their shirts.
Within days of being told she was in violation of the school’s dress code, Kaitlyn, 18, a senior who recently graduated, was an Internet sensation, with a “No Bra, No Problem” Facebook page and a new nickname: “Kaitlyn the Braless Warrior.”
Now the teen says the time is right for other young women to peel off the underwire, take a stand and start a national discussion about “the body shaming and sexualizing of women.”
“Boys always get the excuse about their hormones, that ‘boys will be boys,'” Kaitlyn tells PEOPLE, “but instead, perhaps people should start teaching boys not to sexualize women’s bodies. Wearing a bra is a personal choice. It’s my body. Why is it anybody else’s business whether I’m wearing a bra, especially when I’m covered up and dressed appropriately?”