In this day and age, when I go to pick up my son or daughter from school, I see girls in short shorts, low cut clothes, and outfits basically more suited for a club, or at an absolute minimum, on a grown woman over the age of 18.
With so much proclivity and sexualization of young women, it’s no small wonder that the schools are trying to crack down. But a young woman, wearing a completely conservative, practical outfit, was sent home because her outfit was – inappropriate?
On April 2, Erica Edgerly uploaded a photo of her sister Macy Edgerly on Facebook. In the photo, Macy was wearing an outfit that got her sent home from school for being inappropriate.
Appalled by the administration’s poor judgement, Erica voiced her opinion on the school’s decision to send her sister home:
Today, my sister was sent home from school for wearing the clothes in the picture below. And I’m sorry but I have to stand up for my family and for women who are degraded and judged for their bodies and clothing everyday. People wonder why women feel insecure about their bodies or what they wear.. And it’s beause you’re told your clothing is inappropriate when you’re completely fully clothed, even when you’re not showing cleavage or anything. How about instead of body shaming women, school systems should start teaching 15-18 year old boys to stop degrading women with their eyes and contributing to the rape culture of today’s society. Bottom line, girls cannot go to school in comfortable clothes THAT COVER EVERYTHING because school systems are afraid that hormonal boys won’t be able to control their eyes and minds. And that is such a bigger problem than worrying about clothing. No, I do not believe that all boys in middle school/high school degrade young women or sexualize their bodies. That is my point.. this is not an inappropriate outfit, yet some are worried it might be seen that way, so they send girls home to change to try to avoid an issue and THAT is the problem. Not to mention, when you send someone home because of innappropriate clothing, you’re taking away from their eduction. So I guess it’s more important for boys to not have distractions (even when they’re aren’t any) than a woman’s education. When will people realize how big of an issue this really is?
So far, the photo has garnered over 60,000 [At time of publishing] shares on Facebook. And nearly every commenter on the photo sided with Erica and Macy [Editor’s note: All spelling and typographical errors are original to the post]:
Lisa Bray: That’s ridiculous!! No wonder more parents are considering home schooling more than ever!! Bless her heart!
Lori Locke Romano: I don’t understand what is appropriate????
Madison Woodruff: I have been saying the same thing that you said for so long. Why should girls have to base their clothing choices on boys who can’t learn to control themselves? Plus her whole body is completely covered so I don’t see what the problem is.
Marlene Hawkins Deslatte: I don’t see anything wrong with what she is wearing, that is crazy! If spandex is wrong they need to omit it for all- not be selective.. No spandex in baseball or football…. Hum wonder if they would be sent home?
Tami Barnes Wallace: I agree 100% ! I see no reason she was sent home in the first place.
Jennifer Nolan: Agreed and what was the problem? Her shirt covers EVERYTHING [frown smilie]and again this is why I homeschool! It is big issue, well said.
Roger McNeil: Why was she sent home. They had to be specific to what cause this. Was the shirt to short? Was the tights to short? Did the clothing material not match the dress code? They had to give a reason.
Steven Bray: Send her to school wearing baggy pants, ball cap on backwards & shirt w/ inappropriate wording or pictures & she’ll be fine!! Crazy, huh!
Kelli Wallace: Our dress code at the Jh says you can wear leggings as long as ur shirt covers ur butt, and here shirt is dress code too she is not breaking any Jh rules Macy is not breaking dress code or any rules at all
Madison Ogg: it sounds like they should discipline the boys over blaming the girl. It’s not the girls fault the guys can’t control themselves- we are totally capable with carrying on our day without them. It’s the boy’s fault for not trying to control themselves….
Sherry Sigleton Windham: She looks adorable, as always, but, not every body style can wear what she’s wearing and look cute!!!! Unfortunately we DO have many hormonal boys here. I have to support the School Board’s rules. They’re in the handbook even though the tiny girls look precious!!!! At least we haven’t gone to uniforms … yet That is the next step [frown smilie]
April Strong-Tatum: What about breaks the rules? Just curious?
So what, exactly, is SO HORRIBLE about this girl’s outfit? It covers her butt, it covers her front. I would just LOVE to read the school handbook for this district and see just what part of it the ‘claim’ is a violation. I am sure a whole heck of a lot of girls got away with showing all kinds of skin that day and plenty of young men were showing their undies via sagging blue jeans. This school really needs to get on with the business of teaching, and stop dress code policing its students- especially the one likely the most modest of all.
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