High school’s dress code violation video only features female students
A high school in Texas created a sexist dress code violation video that only featured female students then showed it to thousands of other students. In the video, only girls are shown violating the school’s while the song “Bad Girls” from the artist M.I.A. plays in the background.
Thankfully, some of the students at Marcus High School in Flower Mound, Texas know sexism when they see it and shared the problematic video on social media sites to raise awareness, which prompted parents to make formal complaints. A student named Catherine Moring tweeted out the video with the message: “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?”
Her message pretty much sums up everyone’s complaints about the video. Boys attend the high school and break the dress code, too, so they should be in the video. Instead, various female students are shown wearing oversized t-shirts that almost cover their shorts. The girls are taken to detention for wearing the “athletic shorts” where again there are only female students. Then the girls are forced to repeat: “I will not wear athletic shorts.”
Moring told CNN that she’s personally seen plenty of boys breaking the school’s dress code in various ways like wearing tank tops or showing their underwear when wearing loose pants. “I think that it really hit me whenever they showed all of the dress code violators and there were no males in the entire room,” student Nicole Hollowell told Fox 4 News. “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.” The entire banning of athletic shorts for female students seems ridiculous as Texas is one of the hottest states in the country. And as one woman pointed out on Twitter, what are the female students who play sports supposed to wear? Are jeans during a volleyball or basketball game a thing now? Doubtful.
After students, parents, and the folks on Twitter complained about the sexist video the school’s principal issued an apology. “We showed a dress code video that featured only female dress code violations, and was accompanied by a poor song choice,” Marcus High School Principal Will Skelton told KGNS News. “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.”
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