The students at Stuyvesant High School in New York City have decided to fight back against the school’s dress code. The day, called “Slutty Wednesday,” was driven by 100 students who carried flyers that said “redress the dress code.”
The current dress code says students are not allowed to wear midriffs, visible underwear, etc. They are also not allowed to wear shorts or skirts where the hemline doesn’t fall below the line of the fingertips. Students are also forbidden from wearing clothing with images or words that the school considers inappropriate.
A freshman by the name of Lucy Greider, who has been sent to the principal’s office 10 times this year over the dress code, said this to the Huffington Post: “We work our a***s off here and school is about learning. Clothing is not important.”
Some students feel that the dress code is unfair to full-figured girls. They claim that curvier girls tend to get called out for their dress more than girls who don’t have curves. One student said to NY1: ”They’re, like, sexualizing our outfits by telling us what to wear. And like, I don’t know, I guess it’s just more important to learn in school rather than be like persecuted for your dress.”
The principal of the school, Stanley Teitel, said that the dress code was put in place to respond to inappropriate clothing that students wore last year:
“The bottom line is, some things are a distraction,” said Teitel. “And we don’t need to distract students from what is supposed to be going on here, which is learning.”