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Who let the dogs out?

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Angelina Zhao
For the past few years, there has been a sudden increase in feet hate. Feet, otherwise known as “dogs,” have been shunned by society because they are “ugly” and “disgusting.” As accepting as our society has become, it is a shame that so many people can’t find the same love for our grippers. They work so hard for us, yet they don’t receive the recognition they deserve.

Woof woof, get over it. Feet are just feet; why do people keep making a big deal out of it? Years ago, no one cared if you had your feet covered or not. Now, all of a sudden, exposing your feet in public is one of the biggest crimes one can commit—grow up and get over it. I have feet, you have feet, we all have feet—don’t make this a bigger deal than it deserves to be. Save your breath for important topics that actually matter. Here are my two main reasons why showing your feet in public should be socially acceptable.

With how hard our feet work, it is a shame that they don’t get the recognition they deserve. Rather than appreciating what they do for us, they are told that they don’t have a place in society.

— Rachel Dunn

Feet are natural

Hundreds of years ago, people weren’t pointing and staring at each other’s toes, saying “put them grippers away.” It wasn’t a big deal back then, so why do people care so much now? Feet are a natural part of the human body, so everyone needs to stop freaking out over them.

While some may argue that they smell bad, those same people need to be asking themselves this instead: why are you going around sniffing people’s toes? Armpits are the part of the body that smells the worst, so why don’t we shame people for wearing tank tops? Armpits are natural, just like feet. If someone’s dogs smell bad, it is because they are wearing shoes, which is basically a coffin for your feet. The fake leather on your Air Force 1’s are trapping in your odor all day, so only then is the scent noticeable. The less we wear closed-toe shoes, the better our feet smell. So let the dogs out of the kennel because they need to bark! 

Feet are fashionable

Imagine this: the sun is bright, summer has just begun, and you are wearing a flowy outfit. To top off the fit, you choose to wear… chunky tennis shoes? Ew! A cute pair of sandals is just what the outfit needs (while also letting the toes breathe). Unfortunately, the cruel world will point at your feet and call them gross. (Isn’t that body shaming?) In today’s society, girls often show off a lot of their skin for the sake of fashion. But the moment it comes to exposing the skin on your feet, people say: “whoa, you crossed a line there buddy.”

Here is the perfect example of the footwear you would put on when going to the beach. Notice how the dogs are free and able to breathe! Let those dogs run free! (Elisabeth Lee)

There are so many cute sandals that deserve to be showcased on your feet, though the harsh reality is that the haters will always hate. Most of us don’t wear shoes while we are near or in a body of water, so why is it only a problem elsewhere? The dogs have had their chance to drink, but now they need their chance to breathe. Feet need to be normalized like every other part of the body is.

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Our feet do so much for us. They tirelessly hold up our bodies all day while exerting force into the ground with each step. With how hard our feet work, it is a shame that they don’t get the recognition they deserve. Rather than appreciating what they do for us, they are told that they don’t have a place in society. They are told that they are discriminated against for the way they look. They are told that they aren’t good enough to get shown in public. It’s 2024 already! I thought by now we would stop being bullies. Make a stand and release the dogs!

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Rachel Dunn, Assistant Features Editor
Rachel Dunn (12) is a first-year journalist for the Bulldog Times. Rachel is looking forward to using her passion for writing to inform students about the current and local issues within Chino Hills. Additionally, she is excited to build new friendships with people who have the same passion for writing as she does. Outside of journalism, Rachel is the vice president and former secretary of Ayala’s Christian club. She uses her leadership skills to help students grow their relationship with Christ. When she is not at school, Rachel can most often be found at Trader Joe’s, where she works. She loves her job and the people that she works with. In her free time, Rachel enjoys reading, art, Netflix, and long afternoon naps.

Elisabeth Lee, Visual Editor
Elisabeth Lee (10) is a second year member and visual editor of The Bulldog Times who looks forward to expanding her knowledge in journalism and using her skills of writing and digital art to bring recognition to people and places on campus and in the community. Outside of journalism, Elisabeth is an avid golfer who is always ready to improve, social manager of the Outreach for Christ Club, and treasurer of Foster Love. In her free time, you can nd her practicing calligraphy, reading books, brainstorming her plans for the future, or rening her golf swing. Elisabeth’s favorite parts of Ayala are the many opportunities for involvement and growth which she hopes to take advantage of throughout her high school career.
Angelina Zhao, Staff Member
Angelina Zhao is a senior who has joined The Bulldog Times in order to help promote school events and bring back school spirit using writing and social media. In her spare time, she enjoys leisurely activities such as re-watching her favorite Barbie movies, TV shows, and YouTube video essays. Her interests are mainly centered around games and collecting cute figures or stuffed animals. Some activities she likes to do with friends include making friendship bracelets, going karaoke, having makeover hangouts and going to the gym. She looks forward to helping promote school spirit and bringing attention to unrecognized efforts on the school campus.  
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