NO SKIRTING THE ISSUE IN HARROGATE

From THE BBC:

A North Yorkshire school is ordering all its girls to wear trousers after claiming that the length of some pupils' skirts is "inappropriate". St Aidan's Church of England School in Harrogate said children were "clearly wholly unaware of the signals they are giving out" by wearing short skirts.

In a letter to parents, head teacher Dennis Richards said all students must wear trousers from September.

Mr Richards said: "Parents who come in have been astonished to see the difference between the length their daughter may wear her skirt as she leaves home and what has happened by the time she is walking the corridors of the school."

He said the school had been "seriously concerned now, for a number of years, that girls as young as 12 or 13 years of age are placing themselves at risk by wearing skirts of a wholly inappropriate length".

Mr Richards said he had received supportive messages from parents who were "grateful to us for taking a difficult decision on their behalf".

But parent, Jo Bagley, said: "On the one hand you have got society wanting women to be able to dress as women... but on the other hand here you have a school saying they can't wear skirts.

"It seems outrageous that they shouldn't be given the choice."

COMMENT: If the pupils truly are "clearly wholly unaware of the signals they are giving out" then girls have changed a heck of a lot since I was at school.

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NO SKIRTING THE ISSUE IN HARROGATE — 24 Comments

  1. Who are they placing themselves at risk from – teachers? Male students aren’t particularly bothered, they see girls walking around in really small skirts all the time.

  2. (speaking as the teacher I am)

    If you ask a male teacher what they think of a female student dressed “inappropriately” at school, they will tell you that it is a ‘distraction’… especially when the female student is ‘trying’ to distract the teacher.

    Some, not all, girls are dressed more appropriately for ‘street-walking’ than ‘hall-walking’. Or they are ‘dressed’ in the same manner as Sharon Stone in the movie Basic Instinct. (and flash it, too)

    But you can add to that equation, the male students who have the waistband of their pants or shorts south of the hip joint. Since that style came out of the prison system, do they realize the signals that ‘baggy pants’ give?

    Dress codes? enforce them.
    Uniforms? definitely.
    No skirts? Sure… gender equality.

    But I also think that teachers should dress appropriately, too.

  3. proves it, we need to ban heterosexual teachers from the school, that’s all there is to it. If all they can see when they see these young people is objects of sexual desire, it’s just too sick to imagine, next thing you know society will desire the infantilization of adult women and deem it desirable for them to remove signs of their becoming adult human beings (body shaving),,,, oooo then they will desire they call them daddy and such. how kinky would that be? and women being called ‘mommy’ by their (hopefully adult) male partners, ICK!! I don’t know, this whole straight thing of desiring prepubescent and pubescent humans as sexual objects is just too weird.

  4. To be honest, I think the problem is with young ladies past puberty. The age of puberty for a female is 12ish. And short of chemical neutering I can’t think of a way to stop a straight male or lesbian finding a fully formed woman wearing a skirt that doesn’t quite cover her crotch anything other than sexy.

    As for prepubescent girls in micro skirts and full make up- I think it’s their parents who are the perverts.

  5. To be honest, I think the problem is with young ladies past puberty. The age of puberty for a female is 12ish. And short of chemical neutering I can’t think of a way to stop a straight male or lesbian finding a fully formed woman wearing a skirt that doesn’t quite cover her crotch anything other than sexy.

    As for prepubescent girls in micro skirts and full make up- I think it’s their parents who are the perverts.

  6. “Some, not all, girls are dressed more appropriately for ‘street-walking’ than ‘hall-walking'”

    Yes, but something so ubiquitous has surely lost its power to shock, excite or distract. They all just look like carbon copies of each other.
    It was the same a year or two ago when exposed midriffs were supposed to be distracting and shocking.

    It’s really nothing other than boring fashion and no-one but school teachers seem to get worked up about it. It’s a phase, it will fade. Next year it will be something else.

  7. Nothing new.

    Back in the early 60s I remember girls getting to school and rolling up the waistbands of their skirts to make the skirt shorter. We all survived.

    Mind you, I never liked short skirts myself. I was such a serious oboe player in those days and very short skirts made it difficult to sit in correct posture. Oddly enough, my mother used to complain that my skirts were too long. She wanted me to look more like the other girls!

    Go figure!

  8. They might want to be a tad more specific about the “trousers.” I’ve seen girls in jeans that make me go “Yowser!”, and as this crowd knows, I don’t typically notice such things.

  9. Skittles has the edge here and believe me the girls know that they are a distraction

    One of our Rel. Ed. teachers, a very serious man and professional teacher, found himself facing a student in the front row of his math class who really topped the record! Short mini skirt, see through top and NO underwear of any kind! He knew for sure because she flashed him. Then he was critisized because he sent her home to change her clothes.

    Nij

  10. We had an assistant principal in high school who was absolutely off the wall about skirt length. He once complimented me on mine and I went home and hemmed all my skirts a full two inches. My dad, God bless him, had a good laugh when he asked what I was doing and I told him why.

  11. BooCat was a very naughty kitty.

    I remember a coworker back in the 70s who came to the office in miniskirts that I found worrisome. No doubt many of the other employees found them delightful (we had our share of dirty old men). The women disapproved. I was not excited but I was distracted.

    Then too, I was reprimanded for having my shirt unbuttoned a bit too low, flaunting my chest hair.

  12. We had A-line shifts, same color cloth belts (no loops) and shirts for the school uniform. These were even easier to raise or lower in a second.

  13. Erika- instead of Botox try short skirts, though trousers turn me on,,,, but then again so does linoleum.