sexist dress codes
Petition to Bryson Independent School District
Gender-based discriminatory school dress code!
My son is a pre-k student in a small Texas school district. His first day of school was Monday, 8/16/21. We love our school. Our daughter has been going since pre-k and she is now in third grade. I was in the cafeteria with my son, making sure he was comfortable before I left. I noticed the superintendent and the principal looking our way but thought nothing of it. My son went to the bathroom and the principal came up to me and told me his hair is too long. He was explaining to me how the high school boys have until Monday to cut their hair and so does my son. I was really caught off guard. He’s 4 years old and he’s very attached to his hair. I started looking through the school handbook and noticed a lot of outdated policies. The biggest one to me is the different hair policy for boys. Many other districts around us only mention hair not being in front of eyes(for both boy and girl students). Our school has a specific hair code for boys. This is a discriminatory policy. The school board needs to make a change to their policy, which doesn’t seem to have been updated in years. There are many reasons for someone to have long hair, and I don’t think the school should be able to tell someone to cut their hair. Some children have sensory issues, cultural or religious reasons, or even just love their hair and it shouldn’t have to be something for them to worry about. His “long” hair isn’t going to stop him from learning any differently. I think this needs to be changed. I have to stand up for my son and be his voice in this crazy world. With everything going on, I don’t think a little boys hair should even be an issue. I don’t want any child to have to cut their hair because the school says so. Hair should be a personal decision, and until my son says he’s ready to cut it, we’re going to fight for him. “While school districts throughout the country have removed policies that were based on antiquated sex stereotypes, many school districts in Texas still have policies that treat students differently on the basis of their gender, such as requiring different hair and dress standards for male and female students,” said Brian Klosterboer, attorney for the ACLU of Texas. “Recent court decisions, including from the U.S. Supreme Court, have found that this type of gender-based discrimination is unconstitutional. School districts need to conform to federal law and fix outdated policies that cause serious harm to students in Texas.” - https://www.aclutx.org/en/press-releases/aclu-texas-urges-school-districts-remove-discriminatory-dress-code-requirements?fbclid=IwAR0wJd2bHHxpX0TK9Dj5nDBky6_UHAoTtkMjRbramWnK5bVE28kU6TRH0ag
Petition to Department of Education, Ousd district
Stop Oakland School's Sexual Assault
Hundreds of Oakland Tech HS walked out of class on Wednesday, November 3, 2021, to demand school leaders to do better at handling sexual misconduct. They marched two miles from Oakland Unified School District to downtown, carrying signs, repeated chants, and stopped traffic. This petition was made to spread awareness about the OUSD School District, hoping that they will do better disciplining students who break the sexual assault school policy. OUSD School District has ignored and silenced students' voices that are speaking up about it. We are planning to take this petition to the School's District Attendant and demand that they give proper punishments for students that sexually harass/rape instead of letting them go with a slap on the wrist. The principal of Oakland Tech HS, Richard Fairly needs to address the issue more than just simply sending an email to the school community. “For far too long, OUSD and surrounding districts have perpetuated a culture that has made sexual misconduct seemingly go unpunished,” stated Amara Romero, a junior who helped organize this march. Tech students have laid out five demands for the school and OUSD to implement: a policy for addressing sexual misconduct that doesn’t retraumatize survivors and that students can help create, more support for students who are survivors of sexual harm, training for school staff on how to identify sexual misconduct and how to behave appropriately around students, abolishing the district’s and the school’s student dress code, and establishing a committee of teachers and students to review allegations of sexual misconduct. We are begging you to support us, not only for students' safety but for community safety. Please spread this petition to every platform you have, any help we can get will insure that we get this problem fixed.
Petition to Northwest ISD
Amend the NISD dress code
JustAddTape Protest NISD dress code is sexist and objectifies girls and young women. While school dress codes are important and are in place to keep the learning environment productive, parts of the NISD dress code target women to make them fit outdated dress code. For example bra straps are not allowed to be seen, so if a someone who wears a bra wears a tank top they will be dress coded, however if someone who does not wear a bra wears a tank top they will not be dress coded. The dress code forces women to cover up while men are allowed to wear what they want. As NISD enforces their dress code they continue to target women. As Jean rips are not allowed above “mid thigh” they have taken to correcting this by placing blue painters tape over the rips in the jeans. This is not only counter productive, as it draws more attention to the rips in the jeans, but it also embarrasses the person who is forced to wear tape for an entire school day, simply because they had a small rip in their jeans that was deemed “distracting”. Northwest ISD needs to review their dress code and make amends to make it fair for all students regardless of gender. They also need to enforce their dress code in a manner that does not make students feel uncomfortable or embarrassed at school. As time changes and different clothes become socially acceptable, the dress code should change as well.
Petition to Students of Cape Fear High School
Reform Cumberland County School's sexist dress code!
The current Cumberland County district dress code not only infringes upon students' creativity & self expression, but also contains heavy misogynistic undertones & double standards in regards to dress code upon female students vs their male peers. Enforcing a dress code mainly catered towards woman under the precedent that their bodies are a distraction to the learning environment is making feminine students feel ashamed and sexualized in their own bodies. The current dress code not only sexualizes feminine bodies, but overall devalues female education by enforcing the students to leave the classroom until they are dressed in what is deemed a "non-distracting" manner which violates Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Meanwhile, these actions support the ideology that "boys will be boys". Instead, the school system should redirect the energy they are currently using to police the feminine body into educating students on how sexualizing their classmates is flawed. With that being said, this petition is rallying for a change within the current Cumberland County school district dress code and the way it is written and enforced in a misogynistic, sexist manner. By signing this petition you are helping us propose a reformed dress code that eliminates the sexist, discriminatory, and toxic dress code policy currently plaguing Cumberland County Public Schools.
Petition to Blacksburg High
Year long Chorus classes
As students and parents of Cherokee County School District we see pride and joy in our students when it comes to the Chorus program here at Blacksburg High School. The Chorus program is one of the strongest programs at Blacksburg High, and with that we need more support from administrators and all we are asking for is year long chorus to help students be able to become the strong singers that they all are. This will help allow us to be able to compete in chorus competitions all over the state!
Petition to All Superintendants
Petition against dress codes
Please visit my webpage www.nomoredresscodes.com for any updates, stories, and to register for upcoming protests. We have also started a gofundme page where all proceeds will help make more shirts for more students. Let get the entire district in one! Below is the solution me, and my fellow classmates, want. I do not wish to abolish the dress code altogether. However, there are many versions of the Toronto dress code in effect throughout our nation that have been successful. There is no reason it cannot be successful here in Georgia. Proposed Dress Code edit: September 6, 2022. Simpson Middle School has changed their dress code. Please visit my website for assistance on starting your own protest in your county. Sign my petition for the victims of this gender/race/class discrimination. I am not planning on changing dress code of every school and being in history books. I am just a young girl, supporting what I believe in. While the sexist nature of dress codes is readily apparent, many of you are asking how dress codes are racist. Thank you for asking that question. For information as to the disproportionate effect dress codes have on people of color, please see the following link https://kappanonline.org/pavlakis-roegman-dress-codes-gender-race-discrimination/ As for how dress are classist, please consider a student who does not have resources for clothing other than those that are hand-me-downs or donations. They have to take those clothes as they are.
CHANGE THE OUTDATED HANDBOOK
Dear Union County School District, All schools should let their students dye their hair any color they want. It encourages confidence and individuality. Which are important qualities to have in life. Boys should be allowed to wear make-up, wear earrings, & paint their nails. These policies are based entirely on outdated and sexist gender standards. Prohibiting boys from wearing makeup because makeup is 'only for girls' also prohibits them from expressing themselves in what is supposed to be a safe environment. While boys and men may still be ridiculed for wearing nail polish, it really isn't something the school should worry about. Typically boys who wear nail polish do so because they simply like the color, and painting their nails is just fun. Nail polish is becoming increasingly popular for everyone to wear, not just women. Earrings are not just for girls and allowing girls to wear them in school is sexist. Nothing is a distraction until teachers make it a distraction by pulling students out of class or causing a scene. Either take them from everyone or change the dress codes to more gender-neutral regulations. Tattoos and piercings should be allowed in schools unrestricted, and students shouldn't be punished for being creative and showing self-expression. Tattoos and piercings should be allowed because they are a form of self-expression and creativity, and schools banning or not allowing them disturb our civil rights.
St. Stephen's Sexist Dresscode
The St. Stephens "mission, core values, vision" page claims they focus on "upholding and advancing our founders’ bold, progressive vision for a diverse, inclusive and equitable school community that respects and celebrates the unique individuality and dignity of every human being" all while enforcing a dress code that almost entirely polices the bodies of female students. St. Stephens priority should be creating an environment that makes students feel comfortable, safe, and free to express themselves, rather than enforcing a dress code that does not affect students learning experience. Without the current dress code, students would be able to express themselves without being pulled out of class or activities, and without female students feeling like they are exclusively being affected by the dress code and sexualized. THE CURRENT ST. STEPHENS DRESSCODE: The following items are prohibited: Shorts/skirts that expose the buttocks and the upper thigh. Pants, shorts, or skirts with holes/rips showing skin above the acceptable length of shorts. Clothes exposing undergarments by cut or fabric. Halter tops, muscle shirts, or tube tops worn alone. Shirts that expose midriffs from front or side: all shirts must be of a length where the shirt touches the waist of pants or shorts when one stands still and straight. Clothing promoting, expressing, or suggesting sex, drugs, violence, alcohol, tobacco, or obscenities.Pajamas, except during finals. Hats are not allowed in the Dining Hall or the Chapel at any time before, during, or after school. WHAT WE ASK: We would like a dress code modeled after the Portland public school. Small part of Portland dress code protocol, more on link. I. GOALS OF A STUDENT DRESS CODE A student dress code should accomplish several goals:• Maintain a safe learning environment in classes where protective or supportive clothing is needed, such as chemistry/biology (eye or body protection), dance (bare feet, tights/leotards), or PE (athletic attire/shoes). Allow students to wear clothing of their choice that is comfortable.Allow students to wear clothing that expresses their self-identified gender.Allow students to wear religious attire without fear of discipline or discrimination.Prevent students from wearing clothing with offensive images or language, including profanity, hate speech, and pornography.Prevent students from wearing clothing with images or language depicting or advocating violence or the use of alcohol or drugs.Ensure that all students are treated equitably regardless of gender/gender identification, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, body type/size, religion, and personal style. II. RECOMMENDED DRESS CODE POLICY The primary responsibility for a student’s attire resides with the student and parents or guardians. The school district and individual schools are responsible for seeing that student attire does not interfere with the health or safety of any student, and that student attire does not contribute to a hostile or intimidating atmosphere for any student. Students should be given the most choice possible in how they dress for school. Any restrictions must be necessary to support the overall educational goals of the school and must be explained within the dress code. Districts should set the student dress code and enforcement policies for their entire district and take steps to ensure that all schools in the district adopt and follow it. Too often individual schools create their own student dress codes and enforce them in different ways that result in inequities within districts and in many cases policies and enforcement that are not consistent with the law or the district’s intent. 1. Basic Principle: Certain body parts must be covered for all students Clothes must be worn in a way such that genitals, buttocks, and nipples are covered with opaque material. Cleavage should not have coverage requirements. All items listed in the “must wear” and “may wear” categories below must meet this basic principle. 2. Students Must Wear:* Shirt.Bottom: pants/sweatpants/shorts/skirt/dress/leggingsShoes; activity-specific shoes requirements are permitted (for example for sports) * High-school courses that include attire as part of the curriculum (for example, professionalism, public speaking, and job readiness) may include assignment-specific dress, but should not focus on covering girls’ bodies or promoting culturally-specific attire. 3. Students May Wear:Hats, including religious headwearHoodie sweatshirts (over head is allowed)Fitted pants, including leggings, yoga pants and “skinny jeans”Midriff baring shirtsPajamasRipped jeans, as long as underwear is not exposed.Tank tops, including spaghetti straps, halter tops, and “tube” (strapless) topsAthletic attireClothing with commercial or athletic logos provided they do not violate Section 3 above. 4. Students Cannot Wear:Violent language or images.Images or language depicting drugs or alcohol (or any illegal item or activity) or the use of same.Hate speech, profanity, pornography.Images or language that creates a hostile or intimidating environment based on any protected class. Visible underwear. Visible waistbands or straps on undergarments worn under other clothing are not a violation.Bathing suits.Helmets or headgear that obscures the face (except as a religious observance). Further information is available on the link about training for school administrators, teachers and students, dress code enforcement, and teaching about consent.