Students Protest High School’s ‘Sexist’ Dress Code Policy

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Girls have hit back against their teachers at a school in California after an assembly surrounding the female dress code. The protest included them showing their bare midriffs and plastering posters around the school hallways. The organizer has posted a video of the event to TikTok and it’s now garnered over 3 million views…

​On June 3rd, a group of high school students in California walked out of lessons in protest of their ‘sexist’ dress code.

It was organized by teenager Evita Frick-Hisaw, who shared images of the protest to TikTok and Instagram, where she discussed the issue in a series of videos.
The students allegedly walked out of school after the principal called an assembly on dress code, and girls showing “too much midriff”.

The teen argued in a TikTok video her school’s dress code “is sexist towards women.”

“We as students feel like what we wear is not distracting towards others or affecting anyone’s learning environment,” she said. “We should not be kicked out of school for wearing a crop top”.
Another sign, according to Evita’s Instagram, read: “Teach boys to focus, not girls to cover up”.

“Our body our choice, it isn’t our fault they’re distracted. They can’t take away our confidence and self expression.”

Students who were a part of the protest were filmed wearing crop-tops and covering the school’s hallways with posters reading: “If children’s midriff’s distract you, you shouldn’t be working with children”.

It wasn’t just girls who got involved, as some male students can be seen in the images wearing crop tops in protest of the dress code.

The students were from the performing arts academy of Natomas Charter School in Sacramento, California. The school has since held meetings with the students involved in the walk out, with Mr Woods adding that his focus was on the “emotional health” of Natomas students during Covid.
The video now has over 3 million views.

In a follow-up video, Evita explains why they decided to follow through with the protest. ​

“So the reason we did all this is because, we were going to have an assembly on dress code and we felt like the dress code was sexist towards women and also perpetuated rape culture, and that made us very uncomfortable.”
“I also spoke to one of my favorite teachers at the end of the day and he said we could have had a better approach to it but he stands by us, he understands us.”
“We’re in a learning environment and we shouldn’t be kicked out of class because we’re wearing a crop top.”