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This Mom Was Horrified By The Dress Code At A 6th Grade Pool Party

An Indianapolis school was insisting that all girls cover swimsuits with a T-shirt, so one parent took a stand.<p>Recently, Indiana-based mom Jennifer Smith noticed that the permission slip her son had brought home for his sixth-grade pool party had an interesting dress code.<p>"All girls must wear a</b> …

High School Crop-Top Dress Codes Send the Message That School Is for Boys

Dress codes focus primarily on girls' bodies, but young women across Canada are mobilizing to fight the sexist policies.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE Canada.</i><p>When I was in ninth grade, I dressed up as a "hippie" for Halloween. My version of that was floral bellbottoms, a matching fringed …

6 ways students are fighting back against sexist school dress codes

Instead of spending mornings in front of mirrors, stretching fingertips to measure skirt hemlines, high school students are now breaking school dress …

Feminism

Teens Protest Sexist Dress Codes By Wearing Crop Tops and Organizing Protests

Fueled by social media, teenagers these days have become pros at protesting high school dress codes. No one can argue that some guidelines are necessary—if only to forbid specific items that common sense says are better left at home. But take a look at student guidelines from around North America …

Dress Codes: Myth versus Fact

Few topics are as controversial today as dress codes. As the weather gets warmer every spring, more and more girls (and boys!) around the world raise their voices against the policing of girls' bodies. From witty posters to hilarious (and true) senior quotes, today's teenagers, such as myself, are …

Young Women Are Protesting Against Dress Codes With #IAmMoreThanaDistraction

"Instead of punishing girls for exposing our shoulders and legs, teach boys to have respect for women."<p>View this post on Facebook<p>so fucking pissed at the American school system. I was dress-coded for the second time this week and both for ridiculous reasons. The first time i got dress coded was for …

High School Girl Is Told Tight Pants Will Distract Her Male Teachers (Yep, You Read That Right)

School should be a safe place for students, but increasingly harsh dress codes are making young female students feel even more self-conscious about …

High School

School dress codes reinforce the message that women’s bodies are dangerous

As pupils go back to school this month, one institution has hit the headlines for sending up to 150 girls home for wearing skirts that were deemed “too short”. Pupils at Tring School in Hertfordshire were either placed in seclusion or had to be picked up by their parents, reported ITV news.<p>A …

Feminism

Every Reason Your School's Gendered Dress Code Is Probably a Sexist Mess

Dress code conflicts announced the beginning of the school year with a bang. Usually, I'd provide an example, but it makes more sense to talk about the Missouri Legislature, where a few weeks ago, a dress code for interns was proposed, to much dismay and no small amount of ridicule.<p>"Removing one …

This School Makes Girls Wear Sweatpants With "Dress Code" Down One Leg if They Break the Dress Code

One student is speaking out about the sexist punishment.<p>If you break the dress code at one high school in Virginia, you'll be forced to change into a pair of sweatpants that spell out the words "DRESS CODE" down one leg. One student finds that punishment — and the rest of the sexist dress code — …

These Teens Used Actual Scarlet Letters As A Clever Way To Protest Their School's Sexist Dress Code

"A" for "Not A Distraction."<p>The students were protesting what they saw as unequal enforcement of the school's dress code. While the code itself is pretty standard stuff, students were angered at how it was being enforced.<p>Junior Reese Fischer, one of the organizers of the protest, explained to the</i> …

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Teen Stands Up To School For Shaming Students Who Break Dress Code

She's on a mission for equal enforcement.<p>When Lydia Cleveland started seeing young women at her school being shamed for their clothes, she decided to speak out.<p>According to the 17-year-old senior at James River High School in Midlothian, Virginia, the enforcement of dress code at her school is …

Carey Burgess speaks out against school's 'too short' skirt dress-code violation

When you hear that a teenage girl was threatened with suspension from school for an inappropriate outfit, this probably isn’t what you picture: a young woman — who happens to be the student body president, a junior marshal, and a recipient of South Carolina’s Palmetto Fellows Scholarship — wearing …

Teen Writes Searing Takedown Of Her School’s Sexist Dress Code

"I learned something very important about myself: I am a whore."<p>After being sent home because of her skirt, a high school student used social media to speak out against dress code rules.<p>On Oct. 27, Carey Burgess posted on Facebook about being involved with a dress code incident at her school in …

HS Principal Says Dress Codes Are Necessary To 'Preserve' Girls' Virginity

"By requiring female students to dress modestly, we are not penalizing them. We are protecting them!"<p>Please be advised: Dress codes are designed to protect women from their male peers.<p>At least, that's what Jim Bazen, the principal of Plymouth Christian High School in Grand Rapids, MI, wrote in an …

High School Principal Under Fire for Saying Dress Codes Help 'Preserve Girls' Virginity': 'I Need to Control My Eyes as Well'

A high school principal from Grand Rapids, Michigan, says he stands by his controversial opinion that girls should dress modestly to preserve their …

This high school principal's sexist letter about dress code is offending a lot of people

Over the last year or so, we’ve been seeing students fight their administrations on the subject of dress codes, often because middle and high …

Dress code gone too far? Teachers forcibly remove teens' makeup in front of class

School uniforms are always a hot topic, but the controversy has picked up renewed steam after a teacher forcefully removed students’ makeup at Cairns State High School in the North Queensland area of Australia.<p>A Cairns newspaper reports that an investigation was launched after several teachers at …

Does This High School's Super-Strict Dress Code Unfairly Target Girls?

Here's a list of clothing that can land you in detention at Tottenville High School: spaghetti-strap tank tops, short shorts, miniskirts, leggings, skinny jeans, halter tops, and even headbands. The Staten Island, New York school is cracking down on its dress code in a big way—and that's left …

High School

12 Times Badass Women Fought Ridiculously Sexist Dress Codes In 2015

Proving once again that females are strong as hell.<p>View this post on Facebook

Feminism

Do Dress Codes Unfairly Target Female Students?

The nipple-gate of Rihanna's Instagram account and Scout Willis' demonstrations has been fodder for a few weeks now, but there's an interesting parallel occurring amongst the teen set as well. There was that girl who was kicked out of prom because her fingertip-length dress was deemed too …

Feminism

Yet Another Teen Epically Fires Back at Her School's Sexist Dress Code

But will her school's administrators get the message?<p>2015 was the year of ridiculous dress codes full of sexist double standards that ban girls from wearing certain items lest they "distract boys" with their bodies. But kickass teen girls all over the country have been fighting back!<p>Rose Lynn was …

Feminism

Educators say junior high 'the perfect storm' for school dress codes

Whether it's clothing that is considered disruptive, distracting or unsafe, area educators agree the main debate on student dress codes comes at the middle school level.<p>"It's a perfect storm of young bodies developing and students exercising adult choices," said Stephanie Palmer, former principal …

Clothing

This is an actual dress that a girl was sent home for wearing

We thought we wouldn’t have to hear about sexist dress code policies until prom season was fully underway, but unfortunately, there’s always a dress …

A Dress-Code Enforcer's Struggle for the Soul of the Middle-School Girl

<i>Junior high is a weird, often heartbreaking time for young women—and it might be just as weird and heartbreaking for their teachers.</i><p>There's one lovely aspect to the deep, dark winter in New Hampshire: It is a reprieve from The Season of Dress Code Enforcement.<p>I teach middle school. And for as long …

Red spaghetti straps kept a girl out of school and now there's a review of L.A.'s dress codes

About 160 schools in L.A. Unified's central area will be asked to reexamine their dress codes to make sure students are not missing class time because of their clothes.<p>Roberto Martinez, the district's central area superintendent, is leading the charge after questions raised about an October …

Student protests growing over gender-equal dress codes

<b>(CNN) —</b> High school boys wearing dresses strike a pose with big smiles on their faces. They know they're breaking school rules, but they hope their gender-defying outfits will spark change.<p>Students at Buchanan High School in Fresno, California, switched gender norms for a day in January following …

34x25x36 by Jesse Epstein | Documentary Short Film

The third film in in a series on body image by acclaimed director Jesse Epstein, this short film follows <i>Wet Dreams and False Images</i>, and <i>The …

Do higher-pitched voices put women at a disadvantage?

All The Items Of Clothing Women Have Been Told Not To Wear In 2015

Here we go again.<p>They are constantly being reminded that what they wear and how they choose to look is too "distracting", "revealing", or "inappropriate" for school, work, and other public environments.<p>Here is a handful of examples of what women have had to deal with in 2015.<p>* Carey Burgess, a …

Clothing