A North Dakota high school has created controversy by banning certain items of clothing for female students.
Devil’s Lake High School is prohibiting girls from wearing leggings, jeggings, and tight jeans. While it is bad enough that yet another school has chosen to send the message that girls get sexually harassed or assaulted due to what they wear, this school decided to send its message to female students by comparing them to prostitutes.
According to ValleyNewsLive, school officials showed students a clip from the movie “Pretty Woman,” in which Julia Roberts walks into a boutique wearing a skimpy outfit, and is promptly turned away. One student who was interviewed by local station WDAZ says that Devils Lake students don’t dress that way. School officials counter that they were trying to send the message that other people’s perception of you is influenced by how you dress. Fair enough, but if that was the case, they could have shown a clip of Eddie Murphy and Dan Ackroyd from the movie, “Trading Places.” Oh, but those characters were males. Never mind. Instead, the school saw fit to basically tell its female students, “Hey, stop dressing like prostitutes!”
Both students and parents are upset. One parent tells ValleyNewsLive that she doesn’t see a problem. She says that when she was in school, girls dressed more provocatively than they do today. She says that students should be allowed to wear whatever they are comfortable in, as long as it is “reasonable.”
Senior Mariah Fixen says, “Basically, sweat pants every day is what they’re asking for.”
ValleyNewsLive says that the school’s assistant principal, who was not interviewed on camera, nor identified by name, said that the policy is intended to stop distracting male students, and teachers. Fixen says that she has seen incidents where male teachers have had to ask female teachers to tell a student that what they were wearing was distracting. Maybe the solution would be to get rid of those teachers, rather than change the dress code.
There was also reportedly an incident where an English teacher told female students that they were dressing like prostitutes on the street. The assistant principal admits that the teacher probably shouldn’t have said that.
Here’s the report, from ValleyNewsLive: