by Jenna Mullins | Fri., Oct. 3, 2014 11:35 AM
Women who are reading this article: what percentage of your wardrobe is leggings, skinny jeans and yoga pants? 50 percent, at least? Maybe as high as 90 percent? Same here, which is why this story about a school banning their female students from wearing those things is making us bum hard.
Devils Lake High School, which is an appropriate name because preventing a girl from wearing comfortable clothing is basically an act of pure evil, is reportedly enforcing a new dress code that bans their students from wearing skinny jeans, leggings or yoga pants to school. They also banned jeggings, but we're behind that rule because no one should ever wear jeggings. No one.
Why the ban? Because obviously those articles of clothing are instruments of the devil, or at least they are "distracting" to the boys and to the teachers, according to the assistant principal.
This same assistant principal reportedly had the female student body watch Pretty Woman—you know, the movie about a prostitute, to enforce her point and even compared the student's wardrobe to that of Julia Roberts' character, before the makeover.
So basically, we're guessing this means leggings = one step away from prostitution. And we imagine this assistant principal doesn't know much about prostitutes (which we suppose is for the best), because what kind of prostitute is wearing yoga pants to attract clientele? But we digress.
Senior Maria Fixen says she and the other students are "not too hot" about this decision because yoga pants, leggings and skinny jeans are "what everyone wears."
"That's their whole wardrobe," she tells a local Fox affiliate. "So, basically sweat pants every day is what they're asking for."
Sweat pants every day sounds ideal in theory, but the reasoning behind it is plain bonkers. Why are we teaching young women to cover up or dress in bulky clothing to "protect" themselves? How about we teach the young men how to behave appropriately around the opposite sex?
The assistant principal reportedly claimed that this new policy is not meant to objectify girls, but it's to stop boys from focusing on something other than class work.
Again, why is it the responsibility of the ladies to make sure the guys don't focus on their bodies?! We're all for dressing appropriately at work and school, but now we're venturing into very dangerous territory.
You know what we think is distracting? Boys who can't manage to keep their pants above their ass. Ever heard of belts? Is that part of the dress code? Because if we see one more male student waltzing around with their boxers sticking out of their pants while the girls have to wear shame outfits all day long then we're going to lose our s--t.
Devils Lake is not the first school to make stricter dress codes and start punishing and even shaming female students for their clothing, and they will not be the last. Ashley Crtalic, an alum of Skyview high School in Montana which also banned yoga pants recently, wrote a piece for the Billings Gazette (as posted by Salon) that pretty much sums up these institutions' twisted logic:
"You are teaching girls that if their pants are too tight, if too much skin is visible above their knees, if their shoulders are bare, they deserve to be punished. And don't tell me it's not punishment. You are telling them to go home and not come back until they look differently. You are setting the stage for the boys you are teaching to grow up into men who say "she asked for it" because she was dressed provocatively. The logic you are using fits perfectly into that mentality. Girls, cover up to protect everyone. The boys can't control themselves, and they might hurt themselves or you if you don't keep it under control for them.
Skyview, if you want to help your students out, how about teaching them that men and women deserve respect, period? It doesn't matter what they look like, or what they are wearing, or how they style their hair. We are all humans. We are all the same. Women are sexual beings. Men are sexual beings. Teens have hormones and they are interested in sex. I have news for you: Boys are going to think about sex during class no matter what the girls are wearing. They are going to think about sex even if there are no girls in the room. Guess what? That's part of life. Men and women are going to have sexual thoughts. You are powerless to prevent them from occurring in school, try as you might.
I can promise you that your dress code isn't going to prevent any of these things from happening. What I can promise you is that you are sending a loud and clear message to the girls in your school that you are not on their side."
OK, guys. Let's debate and discuss. But be nice and respectful or else we will turn that comments section right around and go straight home.
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