15 Year Old Receives Lengthy Sexist Spring Formal Dress Code

It has been long argued in feminism that the road of gender inequality begins in school, where we are taught that girls and boys are supposed to act and be treated differently – from subject choices, to playground fun, to uniform.

One school, Metro Academic Studies in Atlanta US, has taken girls’ dress codes to the extreme with their sexist rules for their spring formal attire.

With the long list of rules urging female students to wear riding shorts underneath their dresses and to measure each bit of skin on show, and less than two lines for the male students, Flannery Bogost, 15, says her school is simply teaching its students that a woman’s worth depends on what she’s wearing.

Flannery received this dress code with her sign up form for the spring formal, “My reaction to it was just disbelief,” she said.

The 15 year old student was shocked that the school couldn’t see the issue in giving girls considerably more rules in the dress code than the boys, “My school is more on the conservative side, often indicating that what females wear somehow define your level of professionalism or tastefulness.”

The problem with this, according to Flannery is that schools such as hers are raising girls to see themselves in terms of how men will judge them and eventually lose their own identity.

“The wider message this is sending to society is that somehow what a woman wears defines her worth and when we teach this to young females, we are teaching them to objectify themselves and other women,” Flannery warned.

She continued, “When girls are brought up surrounded by these rules and people telling them how to look and act, we are teaching them to lose sight of themselves and only do what men think appropriate.”

Standing up to your school can be hard, however, as students often don’t have as much of a voice and power as teachers. “There is definitely more both I and other students can do to better resolve this issue though,” Flannery said.

MPs in the UK have recently debated sexist dress codes in the workplace following a petition where women are fighting against being told that they have to wear high heels and revealing clothing.

What’s interesting is that females are told throughout school they mustn’t look sexual, only for them to be told the opposite once they reach the workplace, showing a women have to adapt to society’s demands on their appearances without any say themselves.

“A person’s style or sexuality should never affect how seriously we take them and how they are treated in every day life,” Flannery said, but unfortunately, this is exactly what schools appear to be preparing females to face throughout their whole life.

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London Marches 4 Women with a Spectacular Turn Out

Thousands once again took to the streets of London to join forces and take part in the women’s march on Sunday 5 March.

The march took place 3 days before International Women’s day and was led by the influencial singer Annie Lennox.

In a powerful speech, she told the crowds: “We’re here as part of a collective voice, to amplify the message that global injustice and abuse has been endured by girls and women for centuries too long.”

Lennox also reminded the world that these marches are not to be done in vain – she called for everyone to collectively use their voice to spread the message of equality and advocate change.

Care International, The White Ribbon Alliance, Women For Refugee Women, The Fawcett Society, and The Circle were thanked for the work they are doing around the world to help girls and women and make a positive difference to the world.

Care International called it an “inspiring and amazing day,” and The Fawcett society said they were proud to partner up with Care International for such a wonderful turnout.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan was also at the forefront of the march, leading a great example that women’s issues are men’s issues too, as he told the crowds, “This is what a feminist looks like.”

Jemima Elliot, a 17 year old marcher, told Feminist Fairground, “For me, the march showed the strong unity and solidarity against the issues facing women globally. It was also a celebration of women’s achievements. Marching means persistence, perseverance and striving to achieve our full potential whilst also doing whatever we can to help others.”

There are many messages that can be heard from March 4 Women; that we mustn’t grow accustomed to and normalise offensive locker room talk; that we must push for the an end to “glacially slow” change, in favour for action; that we must continue to use the voices we have to help the women who are voiceless; and that if you believe in fundamental human rights, equal opportunity, justice, respect and protection, you are a feminist.

“The word ‘feminism’ can mean different things to different people.
But let’s have no confusion about what feminism really means..
Simply put, feminism stands for fundamental human rights.. Equal opportunity.. Justice, respect and protection.” 

– Annie Lennox