After her photo was rejected for being “inappropriate,” one teen perfectly nails her school’s double standard
Another day, another archaic school dress code double standard. Except this time, the student in question perfectly nails her school’s hypocrisy.
Eleanor Fitzwilliams, a senior in high school who was recently told her senior picture was “inappropriate” by school officials, summed up the entire situation in one perfect tweet.
here's my senior picture. because you can see my part of my brallette, it was "too inappropriate". yet, here's the boys swim team picture. pic.twitter.com/hGg2G3ubO6
— eleanor (@elfitzwilliams) September 26, 2017
Hmm. Well, when you put it like that it’s hard not to scratch one’s head and wonder what’s so “inappropriate” about a girl who is completely covered up, save for her “distracting” arms. Her tweet quickly went viral, with most people expressing their outrage on her behalf. Because yeah, while Speedos are a technically a “uniform,” Fitzwilliams is hardly wearing anything scandalous.
When she brought the matter to the attention of school officials, they were adamant about sticking to their dress code. “I brought up the boys swim team but was told they didn’t know what to tell me and I should bring it up with the athletic director,” she tells Scary Mommy. She says she’s hit a dead end when it comes to getting answers.
“The staff member who runs the yearbook and other administrators deemed my picture inappropriate because it violates a small section of the dress code about undergarments,” she says. “My rebuttal to this is that the speedos can also be considered undergarments, yet they serve a different function to be worn for the swim teams uniform. My bralette is technically an undergarment but for me, it served the purpose of covering my side where my top didn’t.”
BINGO. Honestly, is it really worth the time and energy for the administration to push so hard against this girl and a peek of her bralette? Really? There’s not even actual logic behind their stance, it seems like all they have to offer is a “because I said so, that’s why” non-solution to the situation.
Fitzwilliams’ tweet quickly went viral, with many people voicing their support and even sharing their own similar experiences.
I wasn't allowed to take my senior wrestling picture in my singlet like my teammates because I'm a girl 🤷🏼♀️stupid af. pic.twitter.com/lw0G6jeyYB— Camri Lane (@aka_Spiderwoman) September 29, 2017
We had a swim trip my 8th grade year. Girls had to swim in shirts and shorts, boys got to go shirtless. We were too much of a “distraction”🙄— Ashley (@Ashsp00n) September 28, 2017
It's a literally just a piece of fabric peeking out from under a shirt. Nothing sexual about it.— Carly Lou Who 🎄 (@nuclearcarly) September 27, 2017
Submit a new one in a speedo— Ice Queen Kimi (@kimmerz_kim) September 27, 2017
Send in the same pic but over ur bralette photoshop the swim teams nipples.— 🐱TK🌟☄ (@TH3_C4T5_M30W) September 27, 2017
Here girl. I found you an outfit they'll be ok with. pic.twitter.com/0kvoZcndRT— Francis (@Courrrtneyyy42) September 27, 2017
Even if school officials don’t have her back, Fitzwilliams says she’s “blown away” by the reaction to her tweet. “I never thought it would get this big but I’m so appreciative of all the support I’m getting,” she says. “My peers at school are really proud of me and super supportive! Even people I don’t know very well have reached out to me to say how cool they think this is.”
my tweet wasnt to call out the boys its abt the school saying my pic wasnt ok but they show way more skin and get their pic seen a lot more— eleanor (@elfitzwilliams) September 27, 2017
What started out as a simple tweet has evolved into something greater, she says. Fitzwilliams says the amount of replies she’s received is truly significant. “This has turned out to be more than just my picture not making my yearbook, but more about the sexualization of young people’s bodies across the country.”