Sexist dress code violation video has been created by a high school in Texas, and it only featured female students violating the dress code, while the song “Bad Girls” from M.I.A. plays in the background.
Some of the students at Marcus High School in Flower Mound, Texas decided to share the problematic video on the social media to raise awareness, and it went viral since. It even prompted parents to make formal complaints.
Catherine Moring, a student in the school shared the video with the caption:
“Today my school was shown this video. So sad how ONLY girls are shown as the violators. I understand why my school has a dress code, but what about the boys who wear shorts, or show their shoulders? It’s 2018…Why are we still over-sexualizing teen girls?”
Today my school was shown this video. So sad how ONLY girls are shown as the violators. I understand why my school has a dresscode, but what about the boys who wear shorts, or show their shoulders? It’s 2018…Why are we still over-sexualizing teen girls? pic.twitter.com/fCXymYAIEG
— cat (@catmoring) August 16, 2018
Why are not boys in the video? They too attend the high school, and they too break the dress code. However, only female students are shown wearing oversized t-shirts that almost cover their shorts. As you can see in the video, they are taken to detention for wearing the “athletic shorts”, and they are forced to repeat: “I will not wear athletic shorts.”.
Moring says that she has personally seen plenty of boys breaking the dress code, but it really hit her that there are no male dress code violators in the school video. Another student named Nicole Hallowell says:
“It was shocking to see the school put out a video that was panning on girls’ legs in shorts while saying that the shorts were out of school dress code.”
Texas is one of the hottest states in the country, so the entire banning of athletic shorts for female students seems ridiculous. What are the female students who play sports supposed to wear? Jeans?
After many students, parents, and other Twitter users complained about the video, an apology had been issued by the school’s principal, Will Skelton. He said:
“We showed a dress code video that featured only female dress code violations, and was accompanied by a poor song choice. Construction in and around the campus prevented us from holding student orientation, which is typically accompanied by a fashion show that demonstrates what to wear, and what not to wear. We believed a video would be a good way to replace the fashion show, but this video absolutely missed the mark.”