“Why can’t I wear pants like the boys?”
How do you tell a six-year-old that the reason she can’t wear pants at school is because she is a girl?
How do you tell a six-year-old that even if she feels uncomfortable running, playing soccer, kicking a footy with the other kids at lunchtime in her dress she has to lump it because she is a girl?
How do you tell a six-year-old that at her school the boys have more rights?
It’s a question a Melbourne mother of two is now grappling with.
And it’s a system she has decided she wants to change.
Asha Cariss via Facebook.
Asha Cariss, 6, is a grade one student at an unnamed Melbourne Catholic primary school. Her mother, Simone says that Asha is uncomfortable playing sport in her mandatory school tunic and thick stockings.
“My daughter loves the school and she's got a lot of friends there,” Simone Cariss told The Age.
She just wants to be allowed to wear pants.
Mrs Cariss went to the school principal to ask them to change the uniform policy so that her daughter could be comfortable at school.
She was told no.
"[Asha] basically asked, 'Why can't I wear pants like the boys?' " Mrs Cariss said.
"I'm not going to say to her, 'because you're a girl'."