There Was A Dress Code Battle At This Canadian High School

At this point, you may think that you know all there is to know about school dress codes. But, today, we would like to direct your attention over to a new dress code dispute--one at a Canadian high school, where a >battle over school dress codes are being waged in its girls’ and boys’ bathrooms.

Yes, really. This doesn’t mean that there is a literal ongoing battle occurring in a public school bathroom somewhere in Canada (though that is precisely what will happen in the screenplay I am writing about the event). But, in true Canadian style, it is being executed via passive-aggressive notes. (Some more passive aggressive than others.

Basically, some female students at Wild Rose School of Breton in Alberta became sick of their school dress code–which includes pretty standard dress code regulations like prohibits short skirts and shorts, along with exposed bra straps–and left a note on their bathroom wall. It read:

“When you interrupt a girl’s school day to force her to change clothes, or send her home because her shorts are too short or her bra straps are visible, you are telling her that making sure boys have a ‘distraction free’ learning environment is more important than her education. Instead of shaming girls for their bodies teach boys that girls are not sexual objects!!!”

The boys responded with a message of their own on their bathroom wall a few hours later:

“When you wear little to no clothing and dress provocatively because it’s ‘too hot out’ or because you think it’s ‘attractive,’ you are putting boys at risk of having a distracting working environment and saying ‘Your clothing is more important than their education.’ Instead of dressing like a THOT, value the male education and dress conservatively.”

As far as persuasive efficacy goes, we’re more inclined to go with the girls’ argument. First of all, it’s weird that the guy who wrote this went so far as to actually capitalize every letter in the word “thot” (which is technically a vernacular acronym that stands for “that ho over there,” but is rarely used in such an exact way by anyone who isn’t a cop pretending to be a teenager). And, more importantly, it’s disappointing that the guys appear to value their own education than that of the girls at their school, and also seem think that anyone who chooses to wear a tank top is actively conspiring to ruin their education.

In fact, if anything, the guys’ letter just serves to prove the point of the girls’ one–clearly, these guys do need to learn that girls aren’t sexualized objects for their consumption. But, then again, pretty much every high school could benefit from implementing a course like that. But that’s another thing to tackle on another day, I guess.


What do you think of this dress code battle? Which side would you be on if you went to this school? Let us know in the comments!

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