High School Boys Rocked Dresses To Protest Their School's Sexist Dress Code

High School Boys Rocked Dresses To Protest Their School's Sexist Dress Code0Shares

I don't see what the big deal with school dress codes are. Khakis and a polo everyday might get kind of boring, but then again, so is sitting in a goddamn classroom all day and being taught to take standardized tests created by corporations an increasing effort to get corporate hands on Federal dollars.

But dress codes do become a bummer when they're sexist and set gender roles back to the 1950s: like forcing boys to have short hair and not allowing them to have earrings.

Which is exactly what happened at Buchanan High School in California when a 4-3 vote by the Unified School District trustees upheld the old-ass rule preventing dudes from rocking piercings and long, flowing locks.

So students protested the decision by swapping clothes: guys wore dresses, and girls rocked button-downs and collared shirts.

Their protest drew the attention of the ACLU, which says that the implication of the dress code at Buchanan, a public school, is kinda illegal.

“We were shocked that they decided not to comply with the law. At this point, we haven’t ruled out any potential strategies including a lawsuit, and we are currently evaluating our next steps.” - ACLU Attorney, Abré Conner.

The vote to change the dress code was prompted by an open letter written by student William Pleasant, who was denied enrollment in the school due to his long hair:

“I want to know why girls can have short or long hair but men are forced to have short hair.” - Pleasant

When students learned that the dress code wouldn't be overturned, they took to Twitter and called shenanigans.

A petition was even started online to get Buchanan to change their policies and it's racked up over 3,100 signatures already.

Buchanan High School senior, Emma Sledd, explained to The Fresno Bee why students did the old gender-norm switcheroo.

“The reason we switched gender norms for the day was to make the statement that what we wear does not define us as students.” - Sledd

Spokeswoman for the district, Kelly Avants told BuzzFeed she is respectful of the students decision to protest the ruling.

“We are dedicated to raising students to be good citizens. Part of being a good citizen is the ability to express yourself when you’re not happy with a decision and we respect that.”

In fact, no boys were written up for their dress-wearing ways.

He's actually rocking that thing pretty hard.

However two female students received write-ups for wearing shirts that read "dress code sucks."

But one of the girls who were written up, Sophia Brodish, did say in an interview with BuzzFeed that her and the other students had a chance to have productive discussions with teachers regarding the dress code.

“On Monday, most of us had meetings with our school faculty and we discussed the events that took place and how we should approach them. We hope to help our school board see and listen to our goal, which is to have a gender neutral dress code.”

Regardless of their clothes-swapping ways, District Spokeswoman Avants assures that all students are protected under the current dress policy.

“If a student has come to the administration, we’ll work with them to make sure that they have an environment on campus that allows them to express themselves with the gender in which they identify.”