Stop Sexist Dress Code and Policy in the Brandywine School District
  • Petitioning John Skrobot

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Brandywine School District Board President
John Skrobot
Superintendent
Mark Holodick, Ed.D.
Acting Principal
Wallace Waite

Stop Sexist Dress Code and Policy in the Brandywine School District

    1. Jan Roberts Rudzinski
    2. Petition by

      Jan Roberts Rudzinski

      Wilmington, DE

Brandywine High School has banned girls from wearing yoga pants on, because, according to an administrator, boys are making sexual comments about girls' body parts. The dress code is planned to be incorporated in disctrict-wide dress code. 

When speaking to an administrator today, his comment was that as long as the "V in the front and her rear is covered, we're okay". Basically, "boys will be boys".  Personally, I find this sexist and offensive. Since when is poor and disrespectful behavior on a boys' part acceptable because a girl wears yoga pants? That's the nexus of the argument that females ask to be raped by what they wear.  We are missing a great opportunity to teach our children a great lesson- sexual objectification and blaming the victim is wrong.

This isn't going to go away.  As a mother of two daughters and a son, I want them to know respect and that objectification of women is wrong.   Fight along with us to show that sexist behavior and policy along with "blaming the victim" is not acceptable.  Since when is it a girl's fault if a boy displays sexual disrespectful and explicit comments?  If you believe that this sexist mindset and policy should stop, please sign our petition.

To:
John Skrobot, Brandywine School District Board President
Mark Holodick, Ed.D., Superintendent
Wallace Waite, Acting Principal
We do not support dress codes that reinforce sexist stereotypes. Allow female students to wear yoga pants to school and teach males that sexual comments and objectification are disrespectful and not allowed.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

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    1. Reached 500 signatures
    2. Dr. Holodick's Response:

      Jan Roberts Rudzinski
      Petition Organizer

      We received a not-so happy response from Dr. Holodick. They are not planning to change their mind.
      REMEMBER, THIS REALLY ISN'T ABOUT YOGA PANTS, BUT ABOUT CREATING AN ENVIRONMENT THAT IS RESPECTFUL, TREATS MEN AND WOMEN AS EQUALS AND PRESENTS ACCOUNTABILITY FOR SEXUALLY INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR FROM MEN. SEXISM ISN'T A TRIVIAL MATTER.

    3. Reached 250 signatures
    4. The word is spreading!

      Jan Roberts Rudzinski
      Petition Organizer

      We have 240 signatures at this time. I have sent an email to Dr. Holodick, Brandywine's Superintendent, officially requesting him to reverse the schools' dress code ban on yoga pants in order to protect equality and promote accountability. Please keep spreading the word.
      I hope this petition at least highlights issues of inequality in our society. It has certainly led to some wonderful conversations among friends and family. All the best!

    5. Reached 100 signatures
    6. Help Needed!

      Jan Roberts Rudzinski
      Petition Organizer

      Please spread the word and post to Facebook or email your friends. We need a lot of signatures to make a difference. Thanks.

    7. Reached 25 signatures

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    • Rachel Curtis MCKINLEYVILLE, CA
      • about 1 month ago

      Why should the girls be punished for a boy's inappropriate remarks?

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    • Linda Wilinski LAGRANGE PARK, IL
      • about 1 month ago

      I too am a stron believer in no more 'boys will be boys' and want to make a change at my school also

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    • Dana Wise CLAYMONT, DE
      • 2 months ago

      The school district should be ashamed of themselves! Really, blame the girls for the boys' misconduct? I don't think so. Teach the boys to respect the girls. Truthfully it wouldn't matter if they wore habits as nuns do, they would still be disrespected by the boys unless the boys are taught otherwise. And since when is sexual harrassment the victims' fault...because that's what it is. And maybe the MEN on the school board still act like those boys and consider it okay. I say file a sexual harassment suit against the MEN on the board who made that stupid decision in the first place. Do they too find that they can't resist looking at the girls and making comments because of what they're wearing? Hmmmm? They need to check themselves!!!

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    • Davey McGinnis CLAYMONT, DE
      • 3 months ago

      Sexism is wrong

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    • Rebecca Schwartz WILMINGTON, DE
      • 3 months ago

      Girls and boys are treated differently here which promotes further sexism and objectification of women. I would like to see an environment where women are not criticized for their bodies. This only reinforces the idea to girls that it is not ok to make their own choices - that someone else has to tell them what they can and cannot wear.

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