School dress codes have been clocking up plenty of headlines of late. And yet one more is about to set the Internet off.
The latest clothing controversy comes after a school has been criticised by parents and pupils for requesting that “dress-wearing” students submit photographs of their proposed outfits ahead of their school prom.
According to The Journal Sentinel, Pewaukee High School recently emailed parents to remind them of a policy that has been in place since 2015 – that dresses must be approved before they can buy tickets to the dance.
Understandably, parents and students have reacted in outrage to the move, with some calling the policy “sexist”. Others claim it should not be down to female students to alter their clothing to prevent their male peers from getting “distracted”, which is an oft-cited reason for such strict dress codes.
“The girls are essentially being held responsible for the wayward thoughts (administrators) think boys have,” Rebecca Sheperd, whose daughter attends Pewaukee, told the The Journal Sentinel. “They’re being told, ‘You are the problem.’ These are the roots of rape culture, frankly.”
But the Pewaukee Superintendent Mike Cady claims that the dress code isn’t sexist because it also prohibits male students from wearing low trousers that expose their underwear.
However, his comments to the publication did not address the fact that only “dress-wearing” attendees are required to have their outfits approved in advance.
And both male and female students told Journal Sentinel that girls were called out for dress-code violations in school more than boys, with one telling the publication “Guys wear tank tops all the time and don’t get dress-coded.”
This certainly isn’t the only example of schools causing controversy over what has often been described as double standard dress code violations.
And earlier this year a number of students at Ebbsfleet Academy in Kent, were refused entry to their first day of the new term because their skirts were deemed too short.
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