Teen Girls Across U.S. Protest ‘Sexist’ Dress Codes

By Annika Hammerschlag
Naples Daily News, Fla.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) From New Jersey to Oregon, protests have taken the form of walkouts, picketing and deliberate mass dress code violations. Many other online petitions take aim at bans on all leggings, yoga pants and tank tops, in addition to short shorts and skirts.

Naples Daily News, Fla.

High school students across the country are pushing back against what they find to be sexist school dress codes, and the revolution is happening both at school and online.

Dozens of recent petitions on Change.org, many of which have received upward of a thousand signatures, are calling on high school administrators to reverse policies they think reflect a larger societal issue: women being blamed for the actions of men.

“You make it seem as if by showing skin on our legs or, god forbid, our shoulder. (sic) We are welcoming guys or trying to tempt them,” reads one petition, written by Jenny Rivera, a junior at Barron Collier High School in North Naples. “School should be a safe place to learn without concerns over whether my shoulder is causing guys to pass out in the halls.”

Barron Collier, which began enforcing its dress code this year, prohibits students from wearing ripped jeans, leggings with mesh or short shorts.

Violators are sent to an office where they must stay until a parent drops off acceptable clothes, Rivera said. If a parent is unavailable, the student must miss classes for the rest of the day.

Rivera’s petition has received more than 1,800 signatures.

Many other online petitions take aim at bans on all leggings, yoga pants and tank tops, in addition to short shorts and skirts. Some schools have banned T-shirts that reveal students’ collarbones, prompting public outcries from students and parents alike.

Offline, from New Jersey to Oregon, protests have taken the form of walkouts, picketing and deliberate mass dress code violations.

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