Petition Against Pimlico Academy’s Dress Code Changes For All Years

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Anita Kanitz
23 hours ago
"As women, we must stand up for ourselves. We must stand up for each other. We must stand up for justice for all."
-Michelle Obama

“The idea that girls are somehow responsible for 'provoking' harassment from boys is shamefully exacerbated by an epidemic of increasingly sexist school dress codes. Across the United States, stories have recently emerged about girls being hauled out of class, publicly humiliated, sent home, and even threatened with expulsion for such transgressions as wearing tops with 'spaghetti straps,' wearing leggings or (brace yourself) revealing their shoulders. The reasoning behind such dress codes, which almost always focus on the girls' clothing to a far greater extent than the boys', is often euphemistically described as the preservation of an effective 'learning environment.' Often schools go all out and explain that girls wearing certain clothing might 'distract' their male peers, or even their male teachers....in reality these messages privilege boys' apparent 'needs' over those of the girls, sending the insidious message that girls' bodies are dangerous and provoke harassment, and boys can't be expected to control their behavior, so girls are responsible for covering up....his education is being prioritized over hers.”
― Laura Bates, Everyday Sexism

"It's this 'boys will be boys' mentality, culture and attitude that condone sexual assault.You are telling them that it's okay for them to be sexually violent."
-Marion Mayer, a junior at Lakeland Senior High in Lakeland, Florida

"I'm not responsible for some perverted 45-year-old dad lusting after me because I have a sparkly dress on and a big ass for a teenager.And if you think I am, then maybe you're part of the problem."
-Lucinda Ventimiglia, senior at New York City's Stuyvesant High School

"It's almost teaching us that if any guys harass us, it's the girl's fault.Schools ... are neglecting to think in a more liberal way to teach boys to respect girls and control themselves around them.We [female students] have all these restrictions on our clothing while boys didn't have to sit through it at all."
-Anna Angrick, a student at Lawrence Central High School student in Indianapolis

"If you are sexualizing me, you are the problem."
-Anita Kanitz

"The engine of my entire action is justice. Anything else would be a missed life for me. "
-Alice Schwarzer

"Don't tell girls and women how to dress, tell boys and men not to harass and rape."
Anita Kanitz

"We are the heroines of our own history. "
Mary McCarthy (1912-1989), American writer & women's rights activist

Women will not be free, as long as their submission is considered sexy. "
-Sheila Jeffreys, British political scientist and author

“Being a victim is supposed to set you free; it acquits you of any agency, any sense of responsibility to the person who did you harm.
They just call you stupid. A dumb bitch.
Sympathy is only meted out if you follow all of
society's rules for how a victim is supposed to behave.”
― Nenia Campbell, Cease and Desist

We are living in a world with extreme misogyny, sexism, rape culture and violence against women, girls, female childs and babies.There are hate crimes like femicide, female infanticide, cruel rapes, gang rapes, mass rapes, war rapes ,child rapes, marital rape, heinous rape porns, child porns, forced prostitution, sex slavery, dowry murder, FGM, child marriages, forced marriages, sexual and domestic violence, acid attacks, honour killings, sexual murder, sexual torture, witch hunts, widow murder, human trafficking, abduction connected with rape, torture, forced marriages, murder, religous persecution of women, girls and female childs like in the Islam and the Hinduism,street harassment, workplace and school harassment, online harassment, cyber bullying, cruel punishments for female victims like stoning, lashing, inprisonment, sadistic stalking, lack of human rights, contraception and education, forced and sexist dress codes, hate speech in the society, the media and the religion, violence during childbirths. Respect and living without fear and in freedom are women's rights and girls' rights.

Examples of misogyny:

2017, United Kingdom:
A community in central England has become the first in the country to label misogyny a hate crime.

Street harassment, unwanted sexual advances, physical or verbal assault, and using mobile devices to send unwanted messages or take photographs without consent are all examples of a hate crime, Nottinghamshire police announced Wednesday.

Chief Constable Sue Fish said the department is "leading the way towards tackling misogyny in all its forms."

“What women face, often on a daily basis, is absolutely unacceptable and can be extremely distressing," Fish said in a statement. "Nottinghamshire Police is committed to taking misogynistic hate crime seriously and encourages anyone who is affected by it to contact us without hesitation."

Gender isn't generally included in the hate crime definition that covers England and Wales, below:

Any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person's race or perceived race; religion or perceived religion; sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation; disability or perceived disability and any crime motivated by hostility or prejudice against a person who is transgender or perceived to be transgender.

In addition to that general hate crime definition, Nottinghamshire is adding what it's calling "misogyny hate crime," described as "incidents against women that are motivated by an attitude of a man towards a woman, and includes behavior targeted towards a woman by men simply because they are a woman."

Selected officers and staff members began misogyny hate crime training 2017, according to the department.
“We’re pleased to see Nottinghamshire Police recognize the breadth of violence and intimidation that women experience on a daily basis in our communities," Nottingham Women’s Centre manager Melanie Jeffs said in a statement. "Understanding this as a hate crime will help people to see the seriousness of these incidents and hopefully encourage more women to come forward and report offenses.”
The change dates back to 2014, when police officials attended the launch of a hate crime research project that was commissioned by the local branch of community organizing group Citizens UK. The following year, Nottinghamshire Police and the Nottingham Women’s Center hosted the Nottinghamshire Safer for Women Conference, featuring testimony from "victims of misogynistic hate crime," police said in a release.

“Woman is not born: she is made. In the making, her humanity is destroyed. She becomes symbol of this, symbol of that: mother of the earth, slut of the universe; but she never becomes herself because it is forbidden for her to do so.”
― Andrea Dworkin

“Being female in this world means having been robbed of the potential for human choice by men who love to hate us. One does does not make choices in freedom. Instead, one conforms in body type and behavior and values to become an object of male sexual desire, which requires an abandonment of a wide-ranging capacity for choice...
Men too make choices. When will they choose not to despise us?”
― Andrea Dworkin, Intercourse

“Not all men practice violence against women but all women live with the threat of male violence every single day. All over the Earth.”
― Fuad Alakbarov

“If a woman is harassed, it is because she asked for it? She dressed for it? She walked for it? She spoke for it? I would like to challenge that.”
― Fatima Mohammed, Higher Heels, Bigger Dreams

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Taizie Chubb
Apr 18, 2021
this racist headteacher needs to be fired

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Kathryn Tye
Apr 4, 2021
Solidarity with the students and parents of this school. Such strict policing of young adults’ appearances, and policies directly discriminating based on religion, race and gender are very concerning. I hope the school reconsiders and students are able to return to their studies free of these concerns.

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Grace Donaghey
Apr 2, 2021
Oh and wtf makes you think education is solely for the purpose of "business". Education is a route into the understanding and enjoyment of the world. It is meant inspire and support our wellbeing as humans. Not indoctrinate kids into a rat race dogma.
Education for profit - it would always end up like this. A conscious decision to limit those kids' horizons to the same depressing choices the trustees made themselves.

Thankfully it doesn't seem to be working!

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Soph Prisco
Apr 1, 2021
Seems this school are trying to make every look the same. They are ironing out their characteristics and changing who they are. 10 page document telling students how they should look is madness. Isn't this 2021!?

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Sue Talbot
Mar 31, 2021
I’m delighted to sign. Any dress code is repressive & regressive. This one is clearly racist to boot.

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Jennifer Solomon
Mar 31, 2021
I believe these policies to be discriminatory and do not belong at any school in this country.

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Alison Davy
Mar 31, 2021
All power to the youth, they are showing us the way, stand up and resist oppression in every way we can.

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Leon Wander
Mar 31, 2021
I don't agree with the changes being brought in and I support the students.

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Pippa Walcott's
Mar 31, 2021
I’m signing because it’s 2021 not 1821!!
What ridiculously antiquated rules designed to repress different cultures. I’m white British and think the school should be ashamed.