Slut-shaming in middle-school: REALLY?
Dress codes are often sexist because the rules usually only hurt one gender — girls! Young female students are sent home, rather than being allowed to stay in school, in fear of being a "distraction."
This teaches boys and girls at a young age that it's the girl's job not to tempt boys, instead of teaching boys to learn self-control. So much for feminism.
Usually, there isn't much people can do about it ... but these moms are fighting back!
According to The Huffington Post, Jennifer Smith is one of many mothers who received an invitation to a pool party her son's school, Rhoades Elementary in Indianapolis, that was throwing a party to reward students for their hard work.
But there was a condition for the girls: "All girls must wear a non-white t-shirt over their swimsuit," reads the invite.
Smith was horrified and contacted the school to find out why such a sexist rule was put in place.
"Being a feminist and seeing things through that filter, I was just kind of enraged by that," Smith tells The Huffington Post. "They're saying little girls need to be ashamed of their bodies and cover themselves up."
The school gives the reason you might have expected.
"We know that for many of our families, buying an extra [one-piece] swimsuit for their children would be a luxury they cannot afford," a district spokesperson tells The Huffington Post. "To address the issue of appropriate dress for the swim party, we believed asking the girls to wear T-shirts over their swimsuits was the solution that addressed the issue most sensitively."
Sorry girls, you may have worked just as hard as the boys, but you can't pick what you wear like they can.
After Smith contacted the superintendent, the rule was changed to letting t-shirts be optional. And that is how you get sh*t done!