A bunch of male students have come up with a brilliant way to take a stand against what they consider to be sexist dress codes at their high school.
On their first day at San Benito High School in Hollister, California, around 20 girls were sent home for violating the school’s dress code policy, which apparently prohibits off-the-shoulder tops. School administrators had never enforced this rule before, and students had even been allowed to pose for their senior year book pictures wearing shoulder-bearing clothes, so it seemed unfair to punish them for it, especially without warning. The school apparently told students that the dress code policy was to “keep kids safe,” but many students found the rule downright sexist.
Because of this, one group of guys decided to launch a protest by coming to school dressed in woman’s off-the-shoulder shirts, and although the result is admittedly amusing, the stunt has helped to generate a positive dialogue about dress codes with Adrian Ramirez, school principal at San Benito.
“It’s been a really good process for me as principal to sit down and hear where issues arose,” Ramirez told Yahoo. He also released a statement on the school’s Facebook page stating that “our next steps will include organizing a committee of students to continue dialogue regarding the dress code.”
Whatever the outcome, we’re glad to see male students standing up for women’s rights at school. (h/t)
Is there anything wrong with this picture? San Benito High School in Hollister, California thought so
A number of girls were sent home on their first day of school for violating the dress code
In response, guys from the school decided to protest in a brilliant way
Believing the dress code to be sexist, they decided to come to school in off-the-shoulder tops
The effect was amusing but the message was powerful
Especially as the school had previously allowed girls to wear off-the-shoulder tops for their senior year book
Since they wanna dress code all girls for showing too much shoulder, EXPLAIN THIS pic.twitter.com/HubvYN3dtC
— Michael Gutierrez (@helloitsmikey_) August 15, 2017
Whatever the outcome, we’re glad to see male students standing up for women’s rights at school
Some people supported the protest
Other people sided with the school