California School Uses ‘Feminist Model’ for New Dress Code
If you can’t beat ‘em! Join ‘em! A California school district has decided to “surrender” and your kids will be the ones that will lose. A new permissive ‘dress code’ has been implemented in the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) signaling the raising of the “white flag” and an end of an era.
On the surface, the school district and some parents may be happy with the change.
After all, there will no longer be arguments, either from the parents or the school if little Juan or little Hui Yin decide that they want to wear their pajamas to school.
According to the new policy rules, “Students will now have nearly unfettered freedom to wear almost whatever they want as long as they have a top, bottom, shoes and “clothing that covers specific body parts (genitals, buttocks, and areolae/nipples) with opaque material.”
Gone are the days when tube tops, tight or ripped jeans, short skirts, short shorts and even pajamas were unacceptable in school.
Hoodies are no longer a problem either as long as the student’s face can be seen.
Don’t worry if your child wears yoga pants, sweats or soccer shorts and their underwear is visible over the waistbands. It’s okay!!!
What it boils down to is that at least one school district will no longer care what your kid is wearing as long as you are ok with it.
And don’t worry parents. Your child would never fib and say you said it was perfectly fine if they wore a tube top with only pasties covering their nipples or a tiny fig leaf covering the crotch of their pants.
It’s all good, right? If not, no one from the school is going to call you and discuss any issues with the attire.
Gone are the days when sending a child to school meant that certain rules would be followed for the benefit of your child to learn how to function well within society by following certain norms.
In case you haven’t noticed, there are no longer “social norms” or “norms” of most any kind today.
Almost anything and everything goes it seems.
You’ll need to lower your expectations.
Don’t expect your school to teach your child anything beyond the academic requirements.
Are all parents unhappy with the new rules?
For some parents, these new rules should be looked at as a great thing.
Finally, the school is handing back over the “parental reins” which you allowed them to take from you in the first place.
It isn’t the school’s job to make sure a child is dressed appropriately for school. It’s really the role of the parent to ensure that a child is properly dressed for school, is appropriately behaved during the day and flourishes academically.
Or at least that’s the way it was in the “old school days.”
Parents, you are now in the driver’s seat again, right?
Just wait until your well-dressed teen goes to school and is chastised by other students for not wearing their pajamas or short shorts, regardless of how strict the “anti-bullying” rules at school may be.
Sending your child to school these days under progressive liberal policies is just “the bomb,” right?
Who came up with this “brilliant” idea?
Rebecca Baumgartner, an English and History teacher and an adviser to the students who was the brainchild behind getting rid of the old dress code (geared toward modesty and morals, no doubt) said:
“We’re still encouraging students to dress for an active school day. We want kids and parents and guardians to be deciding what appropriate is.”
The definition of what is “appropriate” is now left up to you and your child. There are no longer “rules” that the school sets for what is appropriate. Maybe in some household, tutus would be considered appropriate attire for school.
One parent says she happy that the students came up with the idea.
Parent Margo Dunlap said:
“There’s an opportunity to listen to the young people. They’re dressing in a way that’s comfortable for them.”
One of the students, Kristen Wong said the “old policy was confusing and degrading, enforced arbitrarily by teachers and staff.”
Wong describes having worn an outfit to school when she was in the sixth grade (12 years old) that consisted of “full-length jeans, a tank top with a scoop neck and a cardigan. An adult in the school office told her she couldn’t wear “that” again.
Wong couldn’t figure out what was wrong with the outfit because she “wasn’t showing cleavage, her shoulders were covered, she wasn’t wearing a too-short skirt, and her jeans had no rips or holes. She guessed her top was considered too revealing.”
Perhaps Wong’s experience could have been a time to learn and grow.
What will happen if someone outside of school doesn’t like what she’s wearing or a future employer tells her the company doesn’t wear her favorite attire? Will she be ashamed then?
But not to worry. No student will have to face the shame at school.
No longer will any teacher or staff tell a student that they may be dressed inappropriately.
Alameda’s new dress code policy was modeled after the Oregon chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW). Feminism at work in our schools!
Other districts across the country are starting to adopt similar wording as well.
The feminist idea is based on the premise that:
Policies unfairly target females and result in students missing important class time because their hemline is too high above their knees.
Lisa Frack, the feminist organization’s past president said:
“The policy challenges the notion that girls should be responsible for ensuring that boys are not distracted by bare shoulders or a bra strap showing.
The girls articulated … that they feel like the message they’re getting is that their bodies matter more than their education.”
Frack said she was struck by a story of a young pre-teen who got called out for wearing soccer shorts to school.
“Someone is telling her your leg isn’t for running, it’s for me to look at. Other people’s sexual thoughts are being impressed on girls who are just wearing their soccer shorts and going to math.”
Steven Fong, the district’s chief academic officer said about NOW’s involvement:
“They really forced us — catalyzed us — to confront our own role in how students develop body image and what messages our dress code was implicitly or explicitly sending to students about sexuality and what was OK. We’re not about policing students’ bodies.”
A district memo states:
The district’s new policy “will no longer ask teachers and staff to subjectively judge or measure students’ bodies or clothing.”
There are a few things that are still considered inappropriate to wear to school, however:
Students cannot wear clothing that has violent language or images, hate speech, profanity or pornography. They also can’t wear bathing suits or have visible underwear, except for waistbands. Headgear can’t obscure their faces unless for religious reasons.
Whatever you do, don’t wear anything that is Patriotic in anyway such as T-shirts that support the military. Also, don’t display the American flag at school especially on the holiday of another country.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals limited the free speech of students when it decided that it was unsafe to wear a T-shirt depicting an American flag to school in California on Cinco de Mayo.
Although these types of clothing aren’t yet on this school’s list, no doubt they could be in the future because they may be deemed hate speech and banned.
In any event, good luck, parents!
You’d better hope that your child’s first job interview in pajamas or a tube top may not turn out to be a traumatic experience because a potential employer told them their attire was inappropriate for the job. Unless of course they interview for NOW?
Perhaps they can always inform any potential employer that it was ok at school and therefore, it should be ok at work.