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High School Student Challenges Her School’s Dress Code During An Assembly — ‘Our Bodies Aren’t Distracting, You’re Disgusting’

If you’ve ever been a teenage girl in high school, you’re more than aware of the outdated dress codes that many school administrators would try to enforce, even though they are incredibly misogynistic and only seem to target a specific group of students — young girls.

However, one high school student named Anastasia decided to challenge her own school’s dress code, which she labeled as being incredibly “sexist.”

“Why is this school so persistent on telling girls to cover up when really guys should just keep it in their pants?” Anastasia questioned at the start of her video.

The teenage high school student was adamant about trying to get her school administration to understand why she and so many of the other female students at her school felt slighted by the dress code.

Anastasia pointed out that the young girls in her school are constantly told to cover up their shoulders and stomachs, despite those being natural parts of their bodies that shouldn’t be sexualized and labeled as “distracting” for the boys in their classes.

She even provided examples of the school’s sexist dress code, acknowledging that she’s seen many young girls come to school in the same outfits, but the girls with larger chests are almost always called out immediately by the administration for breaking the dress code, while the girls with smaller chests are allowed to get away with it because their bodies aren’t being looked at and sexualized by the staff.

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“I’ve heard more girls with the bigger cup sizes get dress-coded more than the smaller ones,” Anastasia insisted. “It’s completely sexist and not okay.”

A follow-up video featured the response from Anastasia’s school’s administrators who were in the assembly, and claimed that they were only trying to follow the rules printed in their handbook about the appropriate attire for students.

“It’s on there, it’s in the handbook,” one of the school’s administrators can be heard telling Anastasia and the group of girls who had attended the assembly. “Majority of people do get it, but there’s some people who want to challenge it.”

The school’s administrator went on to claim that other staff members feel “uncomfortable” with the way that certain girls will dress. Following that comment, another student who was off-screen interjected after finding it odd that a staff member would admit to feeling uncomfortable with the attire of some of the young girls at the high school. 

The administrator was quick to correct that he meant staff members in the years past have expressed their uneasiness, but many of the other female students were already flabbergasted at the insinuation that there were adults in their school sexualizing them, especially since they are all underage.

RELATED: High School Principal Creates New Dress Code Regulations For Both Students And ‘Lazy’ Parents That Ban Bonnets & Hair RollersMany young girls often feel alienated and shamed by the school dress codes put in place.

High school dress codes have often been a source of extreme debate and controversy, as many people have argued how oftentimes the dress codes put in place seem to only target girls’ attires versus boys.

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With a new school year comes the unknown: What will it be like, and will I fit in?

“Starting a new school year can stir up an array of emotions in young people,” says Yvonne Kekeliadis, creator of Brightstarz, an organisation which runs workshops to help teens and tweens learn life skills.

“The prospect of academic and social pressures, whilst exciting for some, can leave others feeling dread and trepidation as the summer holidays draw to a close.”

She says building up a social safety net of peers in whom they can confide is a critical part of ensuring young people feel supported – and enjoy their time in secondary school.

This is particularly important for children making the leap from primary school to secondary, says Kekeliadis. “Therefore, it’s imperative young people are equipped with the skills and support to be able to foster healthy, positive friendships.”

Principal at Impington Village College, a high-ranking state school, Victoria Hearn says: “The transition to the next stage of their education can be an exciting time for students, but for some, the change of routine, environment, and teachers, coupled with the loss of some of their established network of friends, can be daunting.”

Secondary school should be an enjoyable and enriching experience for every student, says Hearn, and building a strong friendship group can play a key role in making this a reality.

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