School dress codes have been coming under fire with increasing frequency in the past few years, mostly due to policies which many students (and parents) deem as sexist. However, it seems that there may be a change in this trend, as one school is actually listening to its students and attempting to alter its official dress code accordingly.
A high school student named Grace Goble is fighting back against her school’s “sexist” dress code after being told that her off-the-shoulder top was too revealing to be allowed in the yearbook. The whole thing is kind of preposterous, considering the fact that the top in question actually looks pretty modest.
And if you’re thinking that perhaps the top itself is actually more scandalous than it appears, here it is from another angle:
Goble was so taken aback by the administration’s stance on the matter that she started a Change.org petition to alter her school’s dress code.
“I was recently informed that I will need to retake my senior photo because my shoulders were showing, which is against the school dress code” Goble writes in her petition. “As you can see, this photo is completely innocent, and the sweater that I am wearing is modest and covers my body very appropriately. This is a shirt which I have worn to school and to school events before, and no one has ever given it a second thought.”
Goble continues, saying that the whole notion behind this particular dress code edict is toxic and sexist:
I have spent a good majority of my life wondering why exactly women’s shoulders are so offensive. It is ridiculous that young women aren’t allowed to wear the clothing that they wish to wear simply because it could possibly distract someone. Why must young women be denied the ability to express themselves through their fashion simply because there may be a few people out there who cannot control themselves? Shaming women for wearing the things that make them feel comfortable and happy in their bodies is horribly sexist, and leads many girls to grow up believing that if another individual cannot control their actions around women, that the woman was at fault. It is astounding to me that this issue comes up again and again, and not much seems to be done about it. Do not force any more girls to grow up being taught that they must hide their bodies because others cannot control themselves.
Goble’s strongly-worded petition actually caught the attention of her school principal, who has agreed to attempt to rectify the outdated dress code rules.
“The Principal of Maine South has contacted me to let me know that they have decided to include this photo in the yearbook,” Goble writes in an update. “He also let me know that he plans to organize a student group dedicated to updating and revising this policy.”
It just goes to show: if you see something that upsets you, your voice is never too powerless to speak out.