Pointing out the underlying sexism in dress code rules has become something of a trend on high school campuses, and we are ALL for girls sticking up for their bodies, their rights, and themselves.
Recently, as Styleite reports, an anonymous 17-year old girl who attends a prep school recently posted the following sign all around her high school campus:
And women everywhere nod their heads in agreement. Solidarity, sister. For too long, school dress codes have been used to shame and restrict young women. We teach girls not to be to “distracting,” rather than teaching boys to be more respectful, or teaching educators to treat students equally. We also reinforce gender stereotypes that are shaming to both sexes—suggesting boys can’t “control” themselves around the opposite sex and that girls aren’t allowed to make decisions about their own body.
This anonymous protester makes the great point that she’s not sexualizing her own body, that’s something that’s being done to her.
This is just the latest in a series of students who have had it up to here with unfair dress codes and are now speaking up for themselves. Actually, many of them are hanging public notices about sexist dress codes around their school halls. And thanks to the Internet, their protests are extending to social media, and becoming rallying cries for change.
Last year, when one school’s administration encouraged female students to “dress to be comfortable, not to impress boys,” the following sign was put up in response:
Meanwhile, as Global News Canada reports, when Montreal teen Lindsay Stocker was singled out for her shorts, deemed a “distraction,” she printed out the following sign and hung copies around her school (and was suspended for her protest):
And let’s not forget this sign, posted anonymously last year.
We applaud these young protesters for standing up for themselves and fighting back against sexism at their schools. It’s pretty incredible how a simple note and two pieces of tape can raise awareness—not just at one school—but around the Internet.
All these signs point to change. Let’s hope everyone, especially educators, give them the attention they deserve.
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