“Anti-Dress Code” resistance fails to find its footing


Lindsey Harrison

Posters taped to the walls in the girls’ bathroom on Tuesday morning. Administrators quickly took them down but, that didn’t stop them from circulating online.

The protest aimed at the school’s dress code policies did not come to fruition on Friday afternoon.

Although the anonymous organizer encouraged a large gathering in the courtyard, the grassy patch in the middle of campus remained empty after the bell rang. Unfortunately, there seemed to be no groups in charge or any real gathering.

All that was left was a few stragglers from Link Crew’s “Freshman Freezeout” and a handful of students who had come to join in on the protest.

Students who had shown up did not know the organizers but wanted to show support. “I’m pretty disappointed. The dress code has been something that’s been affecting all of us for years, since the creation of schools really, and yet no one showed up to protest against it”, Joslyn Freeman said.

Senior Maja McLaren added, “I’m really disappointed because we could’ve made a stance…and fought against this sexist school dress code and how they tell people to cover their body but they don’t really teach guys–or other people, not just guys–that they should watch their eyes and mind”.

Earlier in the week, posters encouraging a “nonviolent resistance” were posted in the girls bathroom. They claimed “Dress Code is based on misogyny and women should not conform to what a man decides is modest attire”. The posters encouraged students to dress out of dress code on Friday and join the protest after school.

Although administrators quickly took down the posters, pictures of them quickly began circulating on social media. It seems that many students were willing to “dress out” but were wary of attending the protest.

No information has surfaced about who originally started the movement but they did not identify themselves after school or release any other messaging against the dress code since Tuesday.