Was causually browsing my twitter timeline a few days ago when I came across this article. I’ll tell you the headline…”Staffordshire school bans short skirts because they’re ‘distracting’ to male teachers and pupils”.
We’re all very familiar to girls being told to cover up, to not wear brightly coloured bras etc all because these things (and in my high school during a rather worrying period, necks were considered distracting and we had to have our hair down..) are distracting to the boys who attend the school.
Clearly the idea that a boy will be unable to study after seeing my bra-strap is just stupid. I attended college, lots of boys in my classes and lots of bra-straps shown, even skirts and shorts and the flesh of girls being shown and believe it or not, the boys manage to focus and even pass their classes.
So, despite that argument being bullshit, it’s not the thing I have the greatest problem with. My problems is that short skirts were deemed distracting to male teachers. Teachers. People employed to encourage young minds to think, to explore and to grow. People who have worked towards this position, who have knowledge they should be passing on their students but oh no, a short skirt has appeared and now they are unable to teach.
Bullshit. It’s disgusting. If a grown man, in a position of power, is sexualising a school girl because she is wearing a skirt, be in short or long, or even if she’s wearing trousers, then that man should not be teaching. Instead of banning clothing, how about we ban the people who sexualise children?
How about the woman teaches who are sexually attracted to members of the same sex? Are they finding these short skirts distracting or are has it been decided that woman can control themselves and that “men will be men” and are unable to control themselves/view children and teenagers in an appropriate way?
The problem isn’t the clothing, the problem is the men who are using the clothing as an excuse to see a child in a sexual way.