Administrators at prestigious Boston Latin School have been embroiled in a dispute with female students over rape culture.
And the whole thing was triggered by the school’s decision to actually enforce its longstanding dress code.
The code is fairly conventional as schools go: It bans gang-related colors and symbols, sexually explicit logos, hemlines higher than four inches above the knee, and shirt-shoulder straps narrower than the width of three fingers. It also prohibits leggings worn as pants (as opposed to under a skirt or dress).
The female students, in middle and high school, didn’t react well to the announcement.
Here's the deal. You can't simultaneously support the existence of sexual harassment rules (which they no doubt do) and then think they apply only one way. Just like you don't want to see too much of my body, I don't want to see too much of yours. Show off too much of your body, and maybe you're sexually harassing me.
Nobody's asking you to wear a burka, honeys, they're asking you not to show too much thigh. Is that really asking so much?
And it's not men telling women what to wear. It's adults telling children how to dress appropriately. Take your patriarchy argument, put in on a shelf with all your other outdated toys and knick-knacks, and get back to your studies.
Their argument is so weak, you have to wonder what they're learning there at Elitist High.