After a long period without school because of the health crisis, the colleges and high schools in France have reopened their doors. But this back to school as in previous ones, several students had the bad surprise to discover rules concerning their outfits, which are only intended for girls. The latter decided to protest.

Prohibition on wearing skirts that stop above the knee, tank tops that reveal the straps of the bra, crop tops that reveal the navel, shorts, backless dresses … If they do not have the obligation to wear a uniform to come to school, many students in France have received directives from their establishments or their teachers concerning the dress code to adopt. The directives in question are most often verbal, not written in the rules of procedure, and generally answer an objective: to hide the body of the women so as not to “distract the boys” or “to give ideas to the teaching staff”.

Rules that don’t have to be

Did you say sexist? You are quite right, because these dress codes only concern girls. Boys, on the other hand, have every right to wear shorts, tank tops, or even to show off topless during outdoor sports classes, while girls should hide as much of their body as possible, in the name of a modesty supposed to protect them … But which only reinforces the culture of rape, while fighting against the right to education of the latter.

On Monday, September 14, dress all in an “indecent” way (to use their words). Dare to wear crop tops, skirts, makeup … It’s time to fight back against their sexist comments. We can wear whatever we want, and we’ll prove to them “.” data-reactid = “31”> But this year, the students decided not to let this happen. In recent days, calls for mobilization have flourished on social networks, relayed on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat or even TikTok in order to reach as many people as possible. Watchword ? “On Monday, September 14, dress all in an “indecent” way (to use their words). Dare to wear crop tops, skirts, makeup … It’s time to fight back against their sexist comments. We can wear whatever we want, and we’ll prove it to them.

“My tank top does not prevent me from the right to education”

Cécile, 16 years old and a first year student in a lycée in the Lyon region, is one of the students determined to follow suit, and this for a personal reason. “Last year my math teacher kicked me out of class because I was wearing a tank top that showed the straps of my bra, and my lower back when I was sitting down. said my outfit was “too hot” and I needed to cover myself up. ” Sent to the principal, the teenager was treated to a moralizing speech: “He sent me home, when it was 8:30 am! I wasted a whole day because a man who was supposed to be my teacher sexualized a teenage girl. Because an adult found a minor too “exciting” to concentrate during her class. And then, someone dares to tell me that the problem comes from me? Long live the culture of rape! ” She is offended before concluding: “My tank top should not prevent me from the right to education”.

censorship of female bodies – the same as that found on social networks, or as argument in the mouth of rapists – there is also the question of access to education. This is what Nathalie, mother of four daughters, emphasizes. “My children are between 9 and 17 years old, and they have all been confronted with the sexism of the school environment. My two older children have already been fired because they wore T-shirts that showed their navels, and that” distracted them. boys “. What kind of message does this send? That the education of the latter is more important than that of the girls. It is high time to deexualize the bodies of our children to allow them to live a normal schooling.” ” data-reactid = “37”> Because besides the problem of censorship of female bodies – the same as that found on social networks, or as argument in the mouth of rapists – there is also the question of access to education. This is what Nathalie, mother of four daughters, emphasizes. “My children are between 9 and 17 years old, and they have all been confronted with the sexism of the school environment. My two older children have already been fired because they wore T-shirts that showed their navels, and that” distracted them. boys “. What kind of message does this send? That the education of the latter is more important than that of the girls. It is high time to deexualize the bodies of our children to allow them to live a normal schooling.”

The teachers behind the students

This Monday, September 14, thousands of college girls and high school girls have therefore released their most beautiful “provocative” outfits to send a message to the teaching staff, but also to the general public: they want to be able to dress as they wish without having to. give up their education, or their peace of mind. On social networks, they have received many messages of support, including from the Minister for Citizenship Marlène Schiappa, who says: “Today, young girls have spontaneously decided all over France to wear low-cut crop top or makeup skirts to assert their freedom in the face of sexist judgments and acts. As a mother, I support them with sorority & admiration. “

Marlène Schiappa is not the only one to have shown her support for young students who have decided to demonstrate for their right to dress as they wish. Maria * teaches Spanish in a high school in Hauts de Seine. Today, this 54-year-old teacher has lectured wearing denim shorts and a t-shirt that reveals her navel, determined to encourage her students. “I discovered this movement on social networks thanks to my son at the end of last week,” she explains. “I thought the idea was great, I discussed it with my students, and I asked them if they were okay with me doing like her, to show them my support.”

In the high school where she officiates, the internal regulations do not give any indication on the prohibited or authorized outfits, but students have already been sent home because of their outfit. “I do not find that normal, and I have made it known more than once to the management. Girls’ education should not suffer from the male gaze. If men, teachers and students alike, have a problem with shorts or a tank top, maybe they should question themselves. If my students have a problem like this, I want them to know that I am on their side. I am proud to see them participate, emancipate themselves . I would have liked to have had their courage and their feminist values ​​at that age. “

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