Sexist Dress Code Forces San Antonio High School Student to Change
Now that it's getting warmer, schools are cracking down on what students are wearing more than ever. Unfortunately, as we've seen time and time again, this can lead to sexist dress codes that target female students unfairly.
On top of that viral prom dress code poster, which received major backlash, and United Airlines' discriminatory leggings ban, there's been yet another instance of a female student getting kicked out of class for how she is dressed, reports Yahoo Style.
According to the site, the vice principal of Tom C. Clark High School in San Antonio, Texas asked Sophia Abuabara to change her striped long-sleeved dress, deeming the length inappropriate. Her mother Rosey posted a video on Facebook recounting the experience. "They shamed my daughter. She called me crying saying that they asked her to change because her skirt was too short," she explained.
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Rosey also took to Instagram to post a photo of a male student, who was wearing a muscle tank with a pair of shorts, and pointed out that he was exposing the same amount of skin as her daughter, if not more. The male student responded, writing: "Hello! I’m the guy in that picture. (idk how I feel about people taking pictures of me but thanks for blurring my face at least). I think it’s important to note the context of my clothing. I didn’t wear that around school all day, those were my workout clothes and I changed before going to the weight room after school."
This prompted a back-and-forth exchange between the two parties with Sophia's mother calling out the school's "sexist" practices. "Yeah, we blurred your face. We are not picking on you specifically, but really wanted to point out that there are boys that dress this way at school. Lots of guys use ‘chubbies,’ which are shorter than my daughter’s skirt,” she commented on Instagram. “I’m sure you’re seen them around. (Again, not you personally) boys can wear shorts to school in 100 degree weather, and the girls cannot. That’s just sexist.” Rosie makes a great point that the same dress code rules should apply to female and male students. We only wish more administrators would pay attention.
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