21 Dec 2015

A School Sent This Girl Home Because Her Outfit Revealed Her Collarbone

Take a good long look at the photo above. Stephanie Hughes, the student pictured in the photo, was sent home by her school because the outfit she is wearing was deemed "too revealing."  Yes, folks, school is back in session and Bad Dress Code Policy Season is once again upon us!

Stephanie is a student at Woodford County High School in Kentucky. According to Stephanie's mother, Stacie Dunn,  she was sent home from school last week for this supposedly revealing outfit. In case you are wondering what exactly she's revealing in this outfit that looks exactly like the typical kind of comfy outfit most of us wore on a daily basis when we were students, let her mother explain:

So this is my daughter at school today. I had to come to the school because according to her school principal what she is wearing is out of dress code and inappropriate for school. When I got there I found a group of female students standing in the office due to being out of dress code also. This is ridiculous! WOODFORD County High School and the principle have been enforcing a dress code where as girls can not show even there  collar bones because it may distract their male class mates. This is ridiculous! Parents are being called away from their important jobs and students are missing important class time because they are showing their collarbones! Something needs to change! PLEASE SHARE MY POST! Something needs to change!
Yes, you read that correctly. The school has a policy that prohibits girls from showing their collarbones because boys at the school might get distracted. That sound you hear is every single woman in America screaming because we are all so damn sick and tired of this Puritanical nonsense. As it has been said over and over, punishing women for having bodies instead of dealing with men who act inappropriately about said bodies is not how we should be operating, period. And before anyone starts spouting off about "but these are the rules," no one is arguing that this doesn't violate these rules,  the point is these rules are bad.  Bad rules that promote sexism should be dismantled and disavowed. Hence, protests such as Dunn's.

It's not the first time the school has been scrutinized for the policy. Earlier this year, Maggie Sunseri, now a junior at Woodford, produced a documentary called Shame: A Documentary on School Dress Code.  "Telling young girls to cover up because it creates a distracting learning environment for boys is the entirely wrong message to send," Maggie told the Herald-Leader at the time.

The good news is Woodford's outdated policy is under fire from many in the community who were shocked to find out that in 2015, a high school is trying to turn young girls into Amish Stepford Wives or something. There's now a petition calling for the school to overhaul the policy, which has led to the school's principal agreeing to meet with students to discuss a new code. 

"Received a call from the principal who agreed to meet with me and discuss the dress code [and] even said he would be willing to amend the dress code if I was willing to put together a proposed dress code that was realistic, measurable and professional that everyone, including lawyers[,] could agree too," Dunn wrote in a later Facebook post. "Sounds like I have some work to do!"

On Monday night, Maggie presented school officials with a suggested new policy; a committee will meet and report back September 21 with a possible decision about a new policy. 

Read More:http://www.cosmopolitan.com/lifestyle/news/a44991/bad-dress-code-policy-season-is-upon-us/

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