Earrings for Boys at George Watson's College
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At George Watson's College, boys are not allowed to wear earrings. Girls, however, are allowed one pair of stud earrings. This rule is clearly sexually discriminative.
The School states that this rule is in place because boys wearing earrings looks 'scruffy', but I believe that the rule stems from an underlying prejudice about the types of boys who would like to wear earrings. Prejudice does not fit with the image of George Watson's, the first private school in Scotland where girls are allowed to wear trousers, and where the GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) is striving to make the school more inclusive. There is no place for discrimination.
Arguably, this is a very trivial issue. I agree that it is not as significant as, say, the introduction of girls' trousers, which happened at the start of this Session. But if boys' earrings is so trivial, surely it should be of no concern to the school if some boys choose to wear earrings. Education should be the top priority of any school, private or public, and the uniform policy should be secondary.
Please sign this petition to let the school know that the rest of the world feels that this uniform policy is outdated and unnecessary.
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A pupil at GWC who is affected by the policy.
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