In today’s sexist dress code news, a high school student was sent home for wearing a long-sleeved dress
Spring is here and the weather is getting warmer, which brings us to the latest edition of “sexist school dress codes that will infuriate you.” Sophia Abuabara, a top student at Tom C. Clark High School in San Antonio, Texas (who had three exams that day), was ordered by the school’s vice principal to change out of her long-sleeved dress because he claimed the length was too short. A video posted to Facebook by Sophia’s mom, Rosey, explains what happened.
"They shamed my daughter. She called me crying saying that they asked her to change because her skirt was too short," Rosey said in the video.
Rosey also posted a photo to Instagram that perfectly sums up exactly why the dress code is so sexist — a male student exposing the same amount of skin (if not more) than Sophia faced no consequences. He responded that he hadn’t worn the same outfit all day, which began an exchange about the school’s sexist dress code policies.
"Hello! I’m the guy in that picture. (idk how I feel about people taking pictures of me but thanks for blurring my face at least). I think it’s important to note the context of my clothing. I didn’t wear that around school all day, those were my workout clothes and I changed before going to the weight room after school," the unidentified male student wrote.
"Yeah, we blurred your face. We are not picking on you specifically, but really wanted to point out that there are boys that dress this way at school. Lots of guys use ‘chubbies,’ which are shorter than my daughter’s skirt, Rosey responded. “I’m sure you’re seen them around. (Again, not you personally) boys can wear shorts to school in 100 degree weather, and the girls cannot. That’s just sexist," Rosey responded.
In his next comment, the male student expressed his agreement that the administration has sexist dress code policies, which he described as “an uneven application of the rules.” He added that the rules are “outdated” and suggested addressing the issue in a public forum with administrators, such as a PTA meeting.
To state the obvious, it gets really hot in Texas and many other states — so, if administrators plan on policing what students wear, the rules should apply equally to both male and female students.