For Discussion: Parents Say Middle School Ban On Leggings & Yoga Pants For Being “Too Distracting” To Teen Boys Promotes Rape Culture

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These parents say young men should be taught to respect women regardless of how they are dressed.  Do you agree?

Parents Of Girls Dispute Yoga And Leggings Ban At Middle School

An Illinois middle school is catching some major backlash from parents of female students who are outraged at the school’s dress code policy which forbids girls to wear leggings or yoga pants while on school grounds.

School administrators implemented the policy on the basis that leggings and yoga pants are ‘a distraction,’ but many parents feel the dress code is encouraging rape culture among the student body.

via Huffington Post

Parents at a Chicago-area middle school are speaking out against a purported ban on leggings and tight yoga pants arguing the dress code policy unfairly punishes girls.

The Evanston, Ill. school’s dress code, which is posted online, states that shorts, dresses and skirts “must extend closer to the knee than the hip, short shorts or skirts and leggings are unacceptable attire. Pants and shorts must be worn at the waist.”

After several female students complained they were told they weren’t allowed to wear leggings and tight yoga pants to school, Haven Middle School parents Juliet and Kevin Bond sent a letter on March 11 to the school’s principal, Kathy Roberson, arguing the policy is inconsistently enforced and “contribute[s] to rape culture.”

“This policy clearly shifts the blame for boy’s behavior or lack of academic concentration, directly onto the girls,” the letter read.

Roberson responded to the controversy in a letter sent to parents Tuesday. Roberson claims that leggings have not been banned at the school, even as some parents said their girls were told they couldn’t wear either leggings or tight yoga pants, the Chicago Tribune reports.

A Haven Middle School advisory team will meet next Tuesday to review the dress code, according to Roberson’s letter.

Kenilworth Junior High in Petaluma, Calif., attracted headlines last year when it banned female students from wearing leggings, tight yoga pants and tight jeans saying they were distracting to boys. A Boston-area high school recently enacted a similar policy — for similar reasons.

”Boys need to be taught to respect women no matter what they’re wearing, and that’s a big deal,” Jerelyn Kruljac, another Kenilworth parent, told the station.

On one hand, it’s certainly true that leggings can be a distraction when worn a certain way, but do you think banning them from acceptable school attire gives young men the idea that the level of respect they have for a woman is based on what she’s wearing? Let’s discuss.

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