Petition to Barbers Hill School Board
Change BHISD Sexist Dress Codes
I am challenging this school board for a variety of reasons, all near and dear to my heart. My son, Jabez, has had long hair since birth. It is part of who he is. In my home it isn't taught that boys shouldn't have long hair because all the other little boys have short hair. My son has reiterated time and time again that he loves his hair. My family is Cocopah Indian and hair has always been a sign of strength. When I had originally enrolled him into BHISD I was told that he could keep his long hair provided that I give documentation stating why. So I set out to do just that. I got my innocent little 4 year old absolutely ENTHRALLED about going to school. I've since been told that any documentation would NOT be allowed and he WILL NOT be allowed into the school district. It's a sexist rule that should not be implemented for boys if it's not implemented for girls. It's that simple. Girls have no rule on the length of their hair and it does not pose safety threats nor distraction concerns. The same courtesy should be extended to my child. I have tried to meet them half way. I have no problem putting his hair up or keeping it in a bun but that is simply not good enough for this district. Please help me protect something that my child holds near and dear to his heart. Sign now and share!
Petition to Brevard Public Schools
Change the Dress Code of Brevard Public Schools
Today I was dress-coded for wearing a spaghetti strap style tank top (pictured above). The teacher who sent me to the office was also concerned about my shorts, but I didn't have to change them. I just had to pull them down a little so they wouldn't ride up. The real violation, according to administration, was my shirt. With my shirt, I wore a strapless bra, so my undergarments were not showing. There wasn't even any cleaveage. The only thing that was showing was my collarbone and shoulders. Everyone has shoulders and a collarbone. I do not understand why the school board is sexualizng this part of our bodies. They say that spaghetti straps are banned this year, because they are distracting. But what's distracting is being taken outside by a teacher during first period. What's distracting is having her walk you to the office like a kindergartener. What's distracting is having to change clothes. What's distracting is having to come back to class, in the middle of an important discussion several minutes later. What's distracting is having everyone stare at you as you take your seat and they've noticed you've changed clothes. What's distracting is at the end of your day, having to leave class early and pick up your clothes. What is not distracting is shoulder blades. I was humiliated in front of my peers, teachers, and administrators- having to leave class, have my outfit examined, and then having to change. Please sign this petition to get Brevard Public Schools to change their dress code. I can understand why a significant amount of cleaveage may be distracting. But I cannot understand why shoulders are. So if you want dress codes to be more fair and young adult's bodies not to be sexualized, then please sign below.
Petition to Basha High School Administration, CUSD80
Change the Sexist Dress Code Policies at Basha High School
Dress code has always been a sexist issue, but this year at Basha, it's out of control. Security and administration cares more about whether our shoulders are showing rather than our education. Girls miss class and are embarrassed by waiting in line to change out of their outfits into a more "appropriate" one. Their teachers mark them as absent or ditching when in reality, they've wasted class time to change. Girls are being lined up in the buildings and "checked" to ensure their outfits are appropriate.The same dress code is said to apply to boys but they can wear shirts with half naked women on them, and security will say nothing. Boys even take off their shirts or lift them up in classes as a joke. The average temperature in Arizona ranges from 98-107 degrees from July to September. Girls are going to dress for the weather and their legs and shoulders will be seen. If teenage girls that are 13-18 are being sexualized, they are not the problem!! Our dress code promotes rape culture and the notion that women should cover up in order to be perceived as serious about education. Men should learn that the female body is normal, our shoulders and legs are not distracting. We want students and their parents to join us and take a stand against these unfair policies. Girls should NOT feel unsafe or uncomfortable walking past security guards.
Petition to Rachel Lonker
Changing the Westland Dress Code
The dress code at Westland Middle School and several other schools around the area are sexist and discriminatory towards females. Girls are being forced to cover up innocent body parts like shoulders and backs that the school says are distracting to boys, and some people receive detentions and calls home because of the dress code. When girls are dress coded, it may not seem important, but it takes away confidence that is really needed in middle school and high school. I, myself, have been dress coded several times and it made me feel insecure about my outfit for the rest of the day. Also, the dress code assumes that all males will recognize females just for their body and nothing else, and blames the whole situation on girls. There are hashtags trending on social media and people standing up to their school's dress code, but not much is being done around the Bethesda area. The photo above demonstrates Westland's current dress code, and the one I hope to put in place. Although some changes are small and compromised, I am confident they will go a long way, and afterwards I will deliver the petition to the principal of Westland, Ms. Serino. Even if you are male, don't normally get dress coded, or don't even attend Westland, signing this petition will help end sexism all over the world, one step at a time.
Petition to Jim Turley, Ellie Morrison, Michael Surbaugh, The Boy Scouts of America, Boy Scouts of America
National Chair Jim Turley: Please Stop the Boy Scouts from Discriminating Against Girls
I have been an unofficial member of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) for 13 years and try my best to live by the Scout Oath and Law but as a girl, I am not eligible for official membership or recognition by the organization. In response,I helped to launch a movement of young women campaigning to be allowed into the organization and the Boy Scouts finally announced that they would begin to accept girls – 478 days after the announcement. The Boy Scouts say they are ready to welcome girls and young women. Their actions do not support their words. Last week, Boy Scout National Chair Jim Turley announced that the Boy Scouts will continue to ban girls until February 2019. I, and other young women, will also be denied all Rank Advancement and Merit Badges we have earned. The final award earned by Boy Scouts is called the Eagle Scout, an internationally-recognized award which gives scouts access to many opportunities, including scholarships, and college acceptances. I am ready to complete my Eagle Project - connecting adoptable dogs with veterans and providing information on training of these pets so they can train as service or therapy dogs. For my Eagle Project, I am partnering with Bideawee shelter, for the event on Veteran's Day, November 11th. Last year the BSA Chief Scout Executive encouraged me to keep earning Rank and Merit Badges and he said that I could be the first female Eagle Scout! I viewed Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh as a mentor and supporter. I worked hard. I was elected Senior Patrol Leader of a Troop - a Troop I cannot officially join. Why is he now telling me my work does not count? If we allow the Boy Scouts to continue discriminating against girls – one of the few countries left in the organization which does – for this arbitrary and unnecessary period, I, and many young women will miss the chance to earn Eagle rank in time to include the honor with school applications and to support our applications for the World Scout Jamboree. We fought to make the Boy Scouts more inclusive, and now they are punishing us for it. Young women demonstrated enormous leadership in pushing the BSA to do the right thing and accept girls into the program. Because of this, girls will rise through the ranks and become Eagle Scouts alongside the best of the boys. All we need is the opportunity Mr. Turley. If the Boy Scouts intend make girls feel welcome, the organization must not permit or ignore Harassment and Bullying of Young Women and Must Immediately Remove Adult Leaders Who Engage in Such Negative Behavior Internet bullying and harassment of any kind, particularly by an adult leader, is unacceptable. Tell Mr. Turley, we deserve a safe program, free from harassment. Tell BSA that accepting girls by 2019 is not enough – we deserve to be part of the Boy Scouts NOW and must have a SAFE SPACE. Send an email to Mr. Turley respectfully asking him to allow girls to join the Boy Scouts now. Girls have worked just as hard for recognition and deserve to the same Rank Advancement and Merit Badges as anyone else. Please send to all email addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org #ScoutHerIn #LetSydneyInNOW #CatalystInc #MeToo
Petition to Donald J. Trump, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
Stopping Racism and Sexism
People around the world are discriminated. People are bullied, killed, and even arrested. They feel excluded and they commit suicide. They should have equal rights as us. We are the United States of America. Even Trump is discriminating against other people. Who can help us?
Petition to Viacom, Bob Bakish
We demand that MTV stop body shaming!
Dear MTV, On November 2nd, you used a clip from my short film to body shame a female athlete on “Ridicuolousness.” I think we have a teaching moment! What is body shaming? Body Shaming is mocking someone’s body— usually as an attempt to gain social status, money, or power. Like if we are having an argument and I can’t think of a logical response so I make fun of your weight, or your nose, or your hair, or the color of your skin. The reason blackface is taboo among the compassionate is because minstrel shows used ritual body shaming to manufacture a false ideology of white supremacy. When you use monkey-based metaphors to attack an African American, you are not only racist, you are a body shamer! Body shaming is also at the root of sexism. If “the man” can keep you obsessing on your breast size and worrying about your waist, it might just depress you enough to not fight for freedom. Those menstruation jokes— do they make you feel dirty?— that’s the purpose. It happens to men too! When you imply a shorter man is less of a person because of his height, you are a body shamer. When you suggest penis size has anything to do with power, status, or being a good lover, you are a body shamer. When you suggest that the size of a person’s hands has anything to do with the size of their heart— you have become what you hate. Can you dissent without becoming a body shamer!? When you call a trans person “it” you are shaming that person’s body, probably because you can’t come up with intelligent words to describe your discomfort with the diversification of gender. The reason Body shaming is so popular is because it works. If you go on TV and body shame a demographic, that group will lose power, and the oppressive ones will get power. Body shaming manufactures consent. It gives others permission to pay it backward. It fuels racism, sexism, and hate, but in my view the ones who feel it hardest and strongest are the kids. A kid watching MTV might be in a good mood— and then the announcer on a show she’s watching teases a female athlete about the size of her body. Maybe the little girl decides not to eat that night— or the next— or the next. Is it too outrageous to suggest that body shaming kills people? Is it too outrageous to suggest that MTV stop body shaming? I am one of your ORIGINAL AUDIENCE. I was at the scene of the crime when video killed the radio star! MTV, It’s time for you to kill body shaming! Sincerely, Jonny Stranger
Petition to Britax Child Safety, Inc., CNN
Britax: Remove sexually objectified imagery from your website!
Britax is repeating the same offensive mistake that landed NASA’s Matt Taylor in trouble in 2014. One of Britax’s website background is of an individual with a tattoo of a sexually objectified female comic book character icon. The image can be found on a "core beliefs" rotating banner at this url: https://us.britax.com/pages/overprotect/ Admittedly one has to have the width of the browser window extended to be able to view the whole image, but it did get me thinking. If society can roast a NASA scientist for wearing similar images of sexually objectified women on his shirt, why should we tolerate this imagery on a baby products website? I don’t care if you make products that save children, your promotion of that tattoo is sexist and ostracizing. We must shame Britax into removing this banner and apologize for its actions! #ta2gate