here's no shortage of disturbing school dress code stories. They continue to pop up all over the Internet, even in 2017.
You know how it goes. Girls are sent home for too-short shorts or thin-strapped tank tops. They're chided for creating a "distraction" in the classroom. Feminists and sane people decry the double standard and plead with school officials to stop sexualizing young girls.
Now, one school is stepping up and effecting change in a big way.
The "awful dress code" story is almost its own genre of Internet articles these days.
There was this story, in which more than 20 girls were sent home for wearing modest, off-the-shoulder blouses.
Only when boys wore blouses in that style to protest the absurd rule did the story get the attention it deserved.
Then, there was this gem of a senior quote.
“I’m sorry, did my shoulders distract you from reading this quote?” is perhaps the best use of a yearbook quote ever. Ms. DiPaolo will be able to look back and know she was on the right side of history even in high school.
Of course, dress code horror stories aren't complete without talking about the "shorts longer than your fingertips" rule.
One mom posted this powerful Instagram photo of her tall, lanky daughter who was sent home twice in a row for wearing shorts that apparently violated the school’s dress code.
In a letter to the principal of the school, she also included this sarcastic note: “I forgot to thank you for making it clear to my daughter that her body is somehow a distraction, either to herself or to the boys. I thought she might have missed the message earlier in the year when the gym teacher told her she couldn’t wear yoga pants because the boys aren’t able to control themselves. I appreciate how hard you are working to drive the point home.”
No matter how many stories like these come to light, schools always seem to end up on the wrong side.
Administrators and principals haven’t seemed to make any progress toward fixing the obvious issues with many school dress codes.
Evanston Township High School in Evanston, Illinois, recently published its new school dress code, and it’s exactly what the world needs.