It’s not secret that high school dress codes are often skewed against female students. From skirt length requirements, to bans on halter tops, it’s fairly evident that most educational institutions regard young women as sexual powder kegs, who could sway the morals of any unsuspecting teenage boy with a mere flash of their décolletage.
And yet, schools often expect girls to wear shoulder-baring tops in their senior yearbook photos. The whole thing seems fairly contradictory, which is why one high schooler decided to bring attention to this strange double standard.
When posing for her senior portrait, 18-year-old New Jersey high schooler Tori DiPaolo decided to take one last swipe at her school’s hypocritical dress codes — and how it directly contradicts the tops that senior girls are expected to wear for their portraits.
Underneath her photo, Tori gave the quote “I’m sorry, did my shoulders distract you from reading this quote?”
Obviously, the school doesn’t allow girls to wear shoulder-baring tops — so Tori felt that it was kind of bizarre that the school would not only accept, but require such tops for senior portraits.
Twitter was quick to applaud Tori for her sardonic yearbook quote.
Tori tells Metro UK that she feels the school dress code should at least be in line with the traditional senior portrait garb. “It’s tradition in most schools, that’s why I chose my quote because I found it ironic that they made us wear a robe that technically violated dress code.”
Perhaps Tori’s small protest will convince the school to at least consider letting girls wear off-the-shoulder tops. But who knows? They might be too “distracting.”