These days, adolescents aren't afraid to question school dress codes — or whom administrators target to enforce it, which is often young women or girls.
It all started when Grace wore an off-the-shoulders top to her middle school. The top is pictured in the tweet below, posted by Isabella.
my 13 year old sister was dress coded for her shirt today for "revealing too much chest and shoulder" so i made her a shirt to change into pic.twitter.com/NdRQws91HB— isabella rossellini (@bellavillegas_) March 13, 2017
Not only is the shirt cute, but it's far from inappropriate. In fact, it's hard to even imagine teachers making an issue of it, but that's exactly what happened.
"I went into school and I received some looks from teachers, just not nice looks," Grace said to BuzzFeed News. "Instantly I was like, Okay, I’m going to get dress-coded, and I felt the need to change."
She told BuzzFeed she also received negative comments about the shirt, so she changed into another one that she had brought with her to school that day.
But her sister Isabella wasn't having it.
“Nothing about her top was inappropriate,” Isabella told BuzzFeed News, adding that she was "extremely angry."
This prompted her brilliant decision to create a feminist t-shirt for Grace to wear if the incident happens again.
The shirt reads:
-promotes the objectification & sexualization of young bodies
-blames the wearer for the onlooker's perceptions/actions
-perpetuates rape culture
For the most part, Twitter was here for it.
@bellavillegas_ are you selling these on etsy yet??— Chutzpah&High Heels (@JessicaSFishman) March 16, 2017
@bellavillegas_ I'll take 20— Isabel Segal (@isabel_segal) March 16, 2017
@bellavillegas_ the didn't go ahead and dress code her for her jeans while they were at it? How dare she have rips above the knee ??— Briley ?? (@BrileyMiraya) March 13, 2017
@bellavillegas_ You go big sis!— Beth Dennis (@RPIBD) March 16, 2017
@bellavillegas_ I need one of those shirts!— Makayla Caton (@_Makayla13_) March 17, 2017
@bellavillegas_ great shirt— CHRIS (@ChrishewesHewes) March 16, 2017
We commend Isabella's strong stand against sexism. It's important now, more than ever before, as women's rights are continually threatened by a misogynistic administration. Challenging sexist culture at its exposition — in the education system, no less — lays the foundation for a bright, female-driven future.
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