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Do You Think This Girl Is Dressed “Inappropriately?”

posted: 04/16/15
by: TLC

Earlier this month, Erica Edgerly's little sister was sent home from school for wearing a T-shirt and leggings -- and she was NOT happy. According to Orangefield High School in Orange, Texas, Macy Edgerly's outfit violated the school dress code because the side of her shirt was too short. According to the school's dress code, girls' shirts or dresses must come down to at least their finger tips.

Today, my sister was sent home from school for wearing the clothes in the picture below. And I'm sorry but I have to...

Posted by Erica Alyse Edgerly on Thursday, 2 April 2015

But Macy's sister Erica, now a college student, felt that the ruling was ridiculous. Posting a photo of her sister, Edgerly wrote that "how about instead of body shaming women, school systems start teaching 15-18 year old boys to stop degrading women with their eyes and contributing to the rape culture of today's society?" Her Facebook comment went on to say:

"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 inappropriate 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?"

The comment quickly gained support online. As of Monday, it has nearly a 100,000 shares. In an interview with local news station KFDM, Erica said that she'd received a lot of emails in support, though she has received a lot of negative feedback, some referring to her as a "dumb feminist."

Of course, this isn't the first time a girl's clothing has landed her in hot water. Last September, more than 200 young women were given detention at the Tottenville High School in Staten Island, New York, after the school adopted a "dress for success" policy banning tank tops, low-cut blouses, tubes/halter and midriff tops, short skirts, and shorts. Last June, Violet Burkhart was sent home from Central Davidson High School in North Carolina because her dress was deemed too short. Her mother was so incensed by the school's censuring of her daughter's clothing that she wore the same dress to her daughter's high school graduation. And this past October, Niles Community Schools in Niles, Michigan, banned leggings and yoga pants unless they're covered by a long shirt or skirt because they're deemed "distracting." In all cases, these were dress code changes that only affected girls.

What do you think? Are these dress code rules meant to help young women learn? Or are they just a way to police what girls wear? Tell us in the comments!