A Massachusetts high school recently attempted to block a student from wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with “All the cool girls are lesbians.” While dress codes are pretty irritating but usually understandable in general (we can see why booty shorts may be banned), lots of people, including me, think this move wasn’t cool.
The high school in question in Lynn, Massachusetts, has a Gay/Straight Alliance program. So why are they treating “lesbian” like it’s a swear word?
I think the student, who hasn’t been publicly identified, who wore the T-shirt has the right idea. Her teacher sent her to a vice principal’s office. When the vice principal made her cover up and promise not to wear the tee again, the outspoken and sassy student fired off a letter to the chairwoman of her local school committee. Apparently her vice principal told her not to wear the shirt “because it’s political and offensive to some people.”
The student addressed it as such: “Well, frankly I’m the one who feels offended. The word lesbian is not inappropriate. Saying it is, is calling homosexuality inappropriate.” She’s right that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the word lesbian or the very real people behind that word.
Additionally, nothing in the school’s dress code says that the student couldn’t don a shirt with the word “lesbians” on it. The school’s policy bans clothing featuring weapons, drugs, or alcohol (which are truly harmful to young minds), as well as anything considered “disruptive.” Nowhere in the dress code does it say that gender or LGBT issues are prohibited.
Then a mother opposed the shirt, but not because she’s homophobic–but because, well, she’s really sensitive. Blogger Jeanne Sager (hey, cool last name!) wrote, “I’m raising a kid in a pro-gay rights household. That means she’s learned that gay kids are just like her. They’re equal. What doesn’t it mean? That gay kids are ‘cooler’ than her any more than it means she’s cooler than the gay kids.” In my view, this isn’t that different than someone wearing a Patriots jersey crying over someone with a Giants hoodie on. I don’t agree with her, but I guess I can see her point–it is kind of stupid to say that any one group is cooler than another group. Putting down other people is never cool, even though I doubt that was this girl’s intention.
My thought? As long as the student’s shirt doesn’t violate her school policy, whoever doesn’t like what it says should probably just stop staring at her chest. But that’s a whole other issue.
Do you agree that the student should be forced to cover up for wearing an “all the cool girls are lesbians” t-shirt? What’s your school’s dress code like? Sound off in the comments!