School costume codes aren’t a brand new phenomenon, however — as you’ll have observed — we’re shifting backwards at warp pace on the subject of the rights of girls and women. Often criticized for unfairly focusing on feminine college students, costume codes are likely to concentrate on clothes worn by women that supposedly threaten to distract their male friends, making women liable for each overlaying themselves and managing others’ reactions to the truth that they’ve our bodies.
But the Forney Independent School District has taken their problematic newly revised costume code a step additional than most, making “dresses, skirts and skorts” permissible “for Pre-K through 4th grade students only.”
Because ten is the magic age at which a skirt turns into a hazard to a pupil’s schooling.
Bizarrely — although actually with racist overtones — the Forney faculty district can be prohibiting “clothing with hoods (such as hoodies, jackets, coats, etc.) . . . inside the building at any time.” So college students must take away their coats earlier than stepping contained in the entrance door?
The district justifies these modifications by reasoning that they are going to promote “professionalism.”
“Every profession has a uniform, whether it’s scrubs, a welding helmet, or a chef’s apron,” says the voice of a younger lady in a promotional video launched by the district. “The way I dress plays an important role in both professionalism and safety.”
Yes, as if skilled girls like legal professionals, medical doctors, and CEOs by no means put on skits or clothes. Oh wait.
And how does sporting pants promote security? What?
“There are so many important future workforce skills that we want to impart in our kids as they head off to have a successful future,” says Superintendent Justin Terry later within the video. While “creativity and collaboration” are vital, he says, “so are baseline employability skills.”
“We are so excited to reset this bar with you,” Terry continues, “to take our schools, our classrooms, back for the future of our kids,” as if gadgets of clothes, not AR-15s, are what dad and mom in Texas fear about nowadays.
Thankfully, not less than one Forney pupil is already working towards one other talent that employees want: organizing. A petition began by Brooklyn Hollaman on change.org has gathered over 4,000 signatures.
Welding helmets, although. Might not be a foul thought to require children to put on these always.