Do school dress codes perpetuate sexism, culture of rape?

Students at Boston Latin School, the oldest public school in the United States, have petitioned to have the dress code changed, claiming that it shamed girls’ bodies and perpetuated rape culture.

As it stands, the school’s dress code bans see-through garments, spaghetti straps, hats, and gang-related colors. Leggings were recently removed from that list after a student-initiated Change.org petition put pressure on the school administration to work with the students to adjust a dress code they deemed was sexist and discriminated against minorities.

“The message I hope to send while we’re in here is that the business of education can coexist with a woman choosing what she wants to wear,” student Liliana Severin, who organized the Change.org petition, told CBS. READ MORE.

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