Teens Found A Brilliant Way To Fight Back Against Sexist School Dress Codes

These teens aren't staying silent.

It's the same story over and over again. Teen girl wears outfit showing some skin. High schools tells her to cover up, gives her detention, or shame her when she doesn't comply or even tell her to leave school (aka miss class) and change. 

All of these things to prevent what they see as "distractions." But teens aren't taking the sexist dress codes, which unfairly target girls, anymore. 

They've been building on a hashtag called #IAmMoreThanADistraction, sharing personal stories and issues they take with sexist dress codes along with them. 


Some have written the hashtag on their arms while others share notes and images that sum up how they feel about hypocritical school dress codes. 

Those speaking out beg two questions ...

Why is covering up more important than learning and why can't boys control themselves if showing skin is about being a "distraction"?

And those taking part in the online movement want the conversation to change. 

More importantly, they just want to learn.

Suggesting that what they wear trumps learning time sends a dangerous message.

Time writer Laura Bates perfectly sums up why this is an issue.

"Meanwhile, the very act of teachers calling young girls out for their attire projects an adult sexual perception onto an outfit or body part that may not have been intended or perceived as such by the student herself. It can be disturbing and distressing for students to be perceived in this way and there is often a strong element of shame involved," she wrote. 

She continued:

"When a girl is taken out of class on a hot day for wearing a strappy top, because she is 'distracting' her male classmates, his education is prioritized over hers."

That's simply not OK, which is why teens are shouting #IAmMoreThanADistraction. And they're not going to stop. 

(H/T: Attn)


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