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Wearing leggings are a major DISTRACTION!

Posted by on Mar. 26, 2014 at 2:53 PM
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Students at Haven Middle School in Evanston, Illinois protest after school bans leggings
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March 26, 2014 12:00AM

HUNDREDS of students at a US high school protested their right to wear leggings to school, after female students were told that leggings are “too distracting for boys” and not fit for the classroom.

Many female students at Haven Middle School in Evanston, Illinois, wore leggings or yoga pants to school last week and more than 500 students have signed a petition opposing the school’s dress code rules.

The girls argued the rules were sexist and unfair — “Are my pants lowering your test scores?” read one poster on show at the protest.

“Not being able to wear leggings because it’s ‘too distracting for boys’ is giving us the impression we should feel guilty for what guys do,” Grade 7 student Sophie Hasty, 13, told The Evanston Review .

“We just want to be comfortable!” said Sophie, who was so upset by the dress rules that she wrote a letter to the school principal.


The school later clarified its dress code in a letter sent home to parents: “If leggings are worn, a shirt, shorts, or skirt worn over them must be fingertip length,’” the letter read.

But some students say the rules are inconsistently enforced.

Seventh-grader Lucy Shapiro, 12, said students who got “dress-coded” or disciplined tended to be girls who were more developed, which made the girls embarrassed.

Miss Shapiro said both she and a friend were wearing the same type of athletic shorts when a teacher reprimanded her attire, but not her friend’s.

“I asked, ‘Why just me?’ and she said it was because I had a different body type than my friend,” Miss Shapiro said.

“With all the social expectations of being a girl, it’s already hard enough to pick an outfit without adding in the dress code factor.”


Parents have also expressed their concerns about the dress code.

“For me, it’s about shaming girls about their bodies,” parent Julia Bond said.

“It’s this message across genders that girls have to cover up, and teachers saying to girls, the reason for this rule is so that boys aren’t distracted.”

“At what point do you take girls out of school altogether because boys can’t handle it?” she said.

The Principals’ Advisory Team are set to review the school’s dress code in the coming days.


What do you think, are leggings appropriate for school or work?


  

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usmom3
by BJ on Mar. 26, 2014 at 3:37 PM
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 I think as long as they are covered the school should but out! If the boys hormones are so out of control that they are distracted by it maybe the boys should take special classes to teach them to handle them better! This is no different then when the victim of violence or bullying is punished because they "provoked" the aggressor!

KrissyKC
by Silver Member on Mar. 26, 2014 at 3:45 PM
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I think the school was foolish to cite distracting boys as a reason for anything. The school should set simple straight forward rules and not justify or explain.

They had me on their side until they said their explanations... like:

"Distracts the boys" or "you have a different body type."

Set a rule... stick with rule. No explanations needed so no feelings get hurt.


Example: why didn't you write my friend up?

Answer: thank you, miss, for pointing it out. Up til now I had only noticed yours. I appreciate you pointing out the inequality. (Promptly write up friend. End of story.)
usmom3
by BJ on Mar. 26, 2014 at 4:06 PM
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Quoting KrissyKC: I think the school was foolish to cite distracting boys as a reason for anything. The school should set simple straight forward rules and not justify or explain. They had me on their side until they said their explanations... like: "Distracts the boys" or "you have a different body type." Set a rule... stick with rule. No explanations needed so no feelings get hurt. Example: why didn't you write my friend up? Answer: thank you, miss, for pointing it out. Up til now I had only noticed yours. I appreciate you pointing out the inequality. (Promptly write up friend. End of story.)

 I agree with this! No need to make it sexiest, but they better crack down on the boys with the skinny jeans that are busting at the seams if you know what I mean!

hwblyf
by Silver Member on Mar. 26, 2014 at 5:05 PM
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I totally agree with having to cover up, I saw a girl at the mall wearing what MAY have been leggings, but they were really tights stretched to the point of being somewhat see through on the butt (nice thong, by the by), so I'm with being decent.  Uh, the boys can't control themselves?  Because they have no idea how to be in control?  Seems like a fine time to learn young man.  Sexual harassment is against the law, so get it in check, or check out.

KickButtMama
by Shannon on Mar. 26, 2014 at 5:27 PM
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O M G

paganbaby
by Silver Member on Mar. 26, 2014 at 8:14 PM
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I agreed with the school up until the explainations. That's crap. Girls should dress somewhat modestly in school becaise it's school, not because other boys can't control themselves.

paganbaby
by Silver Member on Mar. 26, 2014 at 8:15 PM
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With that said, even at at home I enforce that dress code for my middle schooler.

spitfire06
by Member on Mar. 26, 2014 at 8:18 PM

i agree

Quoting usmom3:

 I think as long as they are covered the school should but out! If the boys hormones are so out of control that they are distracted by it maybe the boys should take special classes to teach them to handle them better! This is no different then when the victim of violence or bullying is punished because they "provoked" the aggressor!


kirbymom
by Sonja on Mar. 26, 2014 at 9:44 PM
I think it is ridiculous. I mean, I am not a fan of wearing just leggings but, really? Going too far, imho.


Quoting usmom3:

 I think as long as they are covered the school should but out! If the boys hormones are so out of control that they are distracted by it maybe the boys should take special classes to teach them to handle them better! This is no different then when the victim of violence or bullying is punished because they "provoked" the aggressor!

somuchlove4U
by Bronze Member on Mar. 26, 2014 at 9:47 PM
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I hate when we girls are blamed for how guys can't control themselves. How is that our fault?
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