A high school in the US has banned girls from wearing leggings as pants.
Wait, wait. Please hold your applause.
Before those of you out there, who see such a sartorial decision as a mortal sin, start celebrating, the school hasn’t made this decision because they’ve come under the new management of US Vogue editor Anna Wintour.
No, leggings as pants has been banned because the school administrators were worried that the fashion choice was ‘too distracting for boys’.
This isn’t a style-driven decision. It’s a sexist one.
Haven Middle School – which has no official uniform – allegedly banned leggings and yoga pants a fortnight ago, and decided that if leggings were being worn, a short pair of shorts or a skirt must be worn over the top. Previously, the school dress code only said that if someone was wearing a pair of leggings, they also had to be wearing a shirt long enough that reached down to their fingers when standing upright.
However, some girls at the school have said that they have been told by teachers they are not allowed to wear leggings at all. The school will reportedly be discussing the uniform policy during upcoming meetings, to at least make sure all teachers are consistently enforcing the same rules across the board.
Regardless of what you think about leggings as pants, and whether or not it makes your eyeballs blister — for the record, I’m not one of those people. Wearing leggings as pants is the fashion equivalent of cinnamon cronuts. Deliciously comforting. (Plus, you can eat as many cronuts as you like while wearing leggings as pants, because of that stretchy waistband – it should be obvious that young women should not be made to feel ashamed or embarrassed about their bodies.)
And more importantly, young women should not be held responsible for the actions of young men.If leggings are truly “too distracting” – and the male students at Haven Middle High are spending more time ogling their female classmates than learning long division – then maybe it’s the boys who need to have a sit down with their teachers to discuss appropriate behaviour.
The good news is that the girls are fighting back.
More than 500 students at Haven Middle School held a protest on March 18 and signed a petition opposing the rules on leggings and yoga pants.