“Inappropriate” Teacher Outfit
A gray, short sleeved dress, belted at the waist and showing a little bit of collarbone. Paired with black tights and heeled knee-high leather boots, it seems this outfit seems like the go-to fall outfit and a modest one at that. Yet a school in the U.S. – remains unnamed – deemed this exact outfit “inappropriate”, reprimanding a fourth-grade teacher for wearing it on the job. The dress code strikes again. Like many who are sent home or told off for “violating” the dress code, this teacher, who remains unnamed, went to social media. As expected, the photo of her outfit led the way to debate; what began as a question of how she violated dress code became a discussion on her shoes. The heel on her boots caused people to think about whether they were fit for a fourth-grade classroom. One person commented,”This is ridiculous that anyone thinks her shoes defines her outfit in a professional setting. They are heeled shoes, not sandals, not open toe, not clown shoes, and she is teaching 4th grade. Not overly-hormonal high school boys.” To read more of the comments click here.
Dress codes in school are more often than not sexist. Although meant for both genders, it is rare you hear about a male being sent home for having is pants slung too low or sporting a shirt with an inappropriate message. Most of the time girls and women are being sent home for dressing “provocatively” or “distracting to males” – a message that belittles and constricts females and their bodies. In June this year, students in Breton, Alberta objected the dress code by posting a sign in the girl’s bathroom that read: “When you interrupt a girl’s school day to force her to change clothes or send her home because her shorts are too short or her bra straps are visible, you are telling her that making sure boys have a ‘distraction free’ learning environment is more important than her education. Instead of shaming girls for their bodies teach boys that girls are not sexual objects!!!”