This week an article from The Independent was released about a New Zealand school dress code that is requiring girls to lower their skirt lengths to their knees. According to the school’s deputy, the new rule was implemented to “keep our girls safe, stop boys from getting ideas and create a good work environment for male staff.”
Singer Erykah Badu chimed in on this topic via Twitter and her response rubbed many people the wrong way. Check out her twitter rant below.
The main tweet that most fans are disagreeing with is when Erykah says, “We must all be aware and responsible. We must protect our young women. We must teach our young men…” Many people felt as though Badu was saying girls hold some responsibility on how they are being looked at and the behavior they receive from men.
Is it fair that these young female students are being targeted for their bodies and being considered sexual and “distracting” because of the length of their skirts?
The main questions should be why are men at the school so easily distracted by these young females? And what type of men are employed at this facility that this is even an issue?
One woman tweeted to Badu her reaction on this issue:
Suzannah Weiss shared her view about how these dress codes can reinforce rape culture with Bustle: “By policing how girls dress in attempt to divert boys’ attention from them, schools are holding girls responsible for how boys view them and even how they do in school. When schools talk about how ‘distracting’ girls’ outfits are, they’re absolving boys of responsibility for doing their duties as a student regardless of their surroundings.”
In The Root, Kirsten West Savali also shared her view on the topic, saying: “It is unethical and illegal for adults in positions of authority to act on sexual urges they may have for children entrusted to their care. That is rape. Period. Therefore, the focus should be on identifying, then firing, teachers with a proclivity for young girls, not pulling out the measuring stick for their skirts in the interest of so-called fairness.”
How do you feel about this issue? And is this policy a double standard?
Written By: Nicquana Tashea