March 26, 2014

Boys will be boys!

Middle School Girls Protest Sexist Dress Code: ‘Are My Pants Lowering Your Test Scores?’:

Earlier this month, Haven Middle School administrators notified parents that female students are no longer allowed to wear shorts, leggings, or yoga pants because those articles of clothing might be “too distracting” for their male peers. That’s sparked a protest among parents and students in the Evanston, Illinois area, who are arguing it’s not girls’ responsibility to accommodate the boys in their classes...

“Not being able to wear leggings because it’s ‘too distracting for boys’ is giving us the impression we should be guilty for what guys do,” one of the students participating in protest, 13-year-old Sophie Hasty, told the Evanston Review. “We just want to be comfortable!”

First they asked to lower my hemline, for the knees are distracting, and I did.
Then they came for my ankles, for they are tempting as the devil, and I wore sacks for my pants.
Then they said, "Wear a loose blouse", for my curves are too sexy, and I covered myself in a bag.
Then they said, "Cover your face", for your lips are alluring, and I was veiled from head to toe.
And, then, they kicked us all out of the school, so boys can be boys!

— An adaptation of Martin Niemöller's “First they came …”

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