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Do Schools Teach Children To Be Sexist? How Dress Codes Shame Women...

Stephanie Ashley
by Stephanie Ashley Published on June 3, 2014

Lindsay Stocker is a student in Quebec who went to school wearing jorts on May 21, because (hello) it was hot outside. In front of her whole class, Lindsay was told her shorts were too short and she would have to change or go home. In response, Lindsay taped a typed note to the outside of her school, a note that was only posted for 10 minutes at school but has gone viral online!

Lindsay Stocker has become an unintentional viral hero. After getting suspended from school for wearing too short shorts, Lindsay posted a rather profound note to the outside of her school that has the entire Internet buzzing.

In the note, Lindsay asks a straightforward question: is what happened right? She says, "Don't humiliate her because she is wearing shorts. It's hot outside. Instead of shaming girls for their bodies, teach boys that girls are not sexual objects."

Though the note was promptly ripped down, everyone in the online universe is now questioning the validity of school dress codes. Are dress code restrictions just another way to suppress female sexuality and individuality?

Consider the rules most often upheld in dress codes: the fingertip rule for shorts and skirts, no spaghetti straps, no cut outs or see-through shirts. All these rules mainly apply to female clothing, not male. The few rules for male clothing (like no boxers above the pants) are more rarely upheld.

Why is that? Why was Lindsay asked to leave school when (presumably) there is a boy somewhere with pants riding underneath his buttocks who walks freely through the school halls.

This could come off as a bit harsh, but Lindsay has certainly brought up some food for thought. Do school dress codes really protect the innocence of children and teens, or do they only teach young women to feel shame in their bodies? Tell us what you think @wewomenCA!

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