High School Girls Demand to Know Why Bra Straps Are Disrespectful
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In the age-old debate over whether
boys go to Jupiter to get more stupider, whilst girls go to
college to get more knowledge, warring boy-girl bathroom notes
have sparked newsworthy discourse in a Canadian high school.
CNN reports that last week, a manifesto about the summer
dress code appeared in the girls’ bathroom of the Wild Rose
School of Breton, Alberta:
When you interrupt a girl’s school day to force her to change
clothes, or send her home because her shorts are too short or
her bra straps are visible, you are telling her that making
sure boys have a ‘distraction free’ learning environment is
more important than her education. Instead of shaming girls
for their bodies teach boys that girls are not sexual
Besides, it’s hot out. (And seriously, bra straps?) The
feminist cry was swiftly rebuked on the walls of the boys’
When you wear little to no clothing and dress provocatively
because it’s ‘too hot out’ or because you think it’s
‘attractive,’ you are putting boys at risk of having a
distracting working environment and saying ‘Your clothing is
more important than their education,’” it said. “Instead of
dressing like a THOT [ed note: high school for “that ho
over there”] value the male education and dress
The 14-year-old sexism is obviously dumb, but it matters
because the “value of the male education” carries over as
subtext in the adult conversation. The school district says
that students must dress “in a respectful way”–language which
tends to be a theme in the periodic dress
code debates, and the Wild Rose School dress code leaves the
definition of “respect” pretty unambiguously gendered. No
“cleavage,” “navels,” or “bra straps,” for example–and yet for
guys, there’s no explicit mention of regions like “junk,” only
“boxers.” Here are the guidelines verbatim from the school handbook:
1. All shorts/skirts must exceed the length of arms/fingers
and the in-seam to shorts must be the minimum of one hand
2. Straps for shirts must be three fingers wide for males and
females, and bra straps must be covered.
3. All navels must be covered.
4. Cleavage must be covered.
5. Pants/Shorts must be pulled up so that boxers/briefs are
6. Images/words on tops/bottoms must be appropriate for a
professional learning environment.
7. Hats are not permitted on either gender in school unless
it is a designated “School Hat Day.”
To be fair, no hats for anybody.