Rose Lynn, a high schooler at Lawton, Oklahoma, posted on her Facebook page that she was told to go home for wearing an outfit (a T-shirt, long cardigan, leggings and boots) that could prove "distracting" to male students. She fought back on a Facebook post that has taken the Internet by storm.
Although the outfit might seem completely appropriate by many, her school thought her top was not long enough to cover her crotch. Her response was:
“But because I look like a CURVY woman and may distract young boys, I have to miss class and change my outfit. So once again, Society has failed to advocate young ladies, by confining them in a box, where they are stripped from their sense of self respect and self expression, rather than teaching young men to respect the boundaries of young ladies.”
This is the argument coming from girls all over the country. 17-year-old Carey Burgess got her revenge on her school where she was humiliated and suspended for wearing a modest skirt. Stephanie Dunn was punished for allegedly revealing her collarbone in a perfectly acceptable outfit.
The problem is the sexist double standards that schools impose on students when enforcing dress codes. As Rose reflects in her post, her outfit was deemed distracting to boys, so, going by that logic, shouldn’t boys be trained to be better behaved? And if a girl’s outfit can be distracting, shouldn’t the same rules apply to boys as well? Why do their outfits garner less attention when enforcing dress codes in school?
Even worse is the unfair judgment of girls who are curvy.
As Rose’s father later mentioned in the comments of her post:
“If she was built like a board or as round as a ball she wouldn’t have been sent home but [since] she has a figure she was told she had to change,” he says. “This is 100% on [Lawton Public Schools] because they have left the rule up to interpretation. She has been taught that if you believe in something, do what you must and be prepared for the consequences. She has done that.”