It’s Time to Toss Out Sexist School Dress Codes

Muslim Girl
Carrying secularism too far, French school banned this Muslim girl for wearing a long skirt.
Ottawa grade eight student sent home for revealing their bra straps at school.

CBC reported today that “a high school principal from Guelph, Ont., says he was simply trying to send a ‘strong message’ about dressing appropriately when he used the word ‘skanky’ to describe what type of style students should be avoiding.” According to Urban Dictonary, a skank is a “derogatory term for a (usually younger) female, implying trashiness or tackiness, lower-class status, poor hygiene, flakiness, and a scrawny, pockmarked sort of ugliness. May also imply promiscuity, but not necessarily. Can apply to any race, but most commonly used to describe white trash.”

Seriously, Canada. WTF is wrong with you? Just stop telling women what to wear, period. You are a country, a country that is supposed to be democratic. We are not a police state. If you want to be policing something, how about policing bad guys for a start, instead of mostly young women.

Firstly, you have no right to do so. As a democracy, your citizens have the right to dress as they please, with the exception of public nudity, which is against the law. And as for your institutions, you have some say in this, within reason. But that’s the issue, isn’t it? There’s no reason, except for some ridiculous and archaic guidelines.

Secondly, this is a terrible message to be sending young women, isn’t it? Dress too modestly, and you are oppressed, dress revealing too much skin, and you’re a distraction.

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Well who the heck decides what is appropriate anyhoo? According to a recent campaign in Qatar, hosts of the World Cup Soccer tournament in 2022, anything showing skin below the neck and above the ankles is immodest and against their moral dress codes. So, no sundresses, tank tops, shorts, or leggings. Sounds like Canada’s school dress codes.

I have to bring up my own childhood in all of this, except for the short time where I attended a Catholic School and was forced to wear a uniform. We didn’t have a dress code. Seriously. And if there was ever one on the books, I never knew about it because I was never once told I couldn’t wear the clothes that my mother had bought me. These included super short shorts and mini-skirts, tank tops, skorts and halter tops.

Frankly, I don’t even know who all these folks are supporting these stupid rules to begin with. I’ve offered a selection of current spring fashions that include rompers, dresses and maxi dress (images 1 through 10) that would be against many Ontario school dress codes.

I think that the bigger question is, why do we have to concern ourselves with the thoughts and feelings of men, and their distractions? If this is really the big issue, then maybe it’s time to call for the segregation of men and women, that is, if male teachers and male students cannot learn in an environment where women’s shoulders are considered provocative. romper-collage-with-numbers spring-dress-collage-with-numbers maxi-dress-collage

I think it’s time to toss out school dress codes. If a woman wants to wear a head scarf, let her. If a woman wants to wear a floor length skirt, then let her. And if a woman wants to show her bra straps or wear yoga pants, let her. Just stay the f**k out of her closet.