Friday 2 December 2016

Long skirts won't keep girls safe until male attitudes change

Published 14/04/2016 | 02:30

'Suggesting that a short skirt is going to affect the safety of a teenage girl in school is wrong on so many levels'
'Suggesting that a short skirt is going to affect the safety of a teenage girl in school is wrong on so many levels'

Teenage girls at a New Zealand high school have been told to lower their skirts to knee level so as not to "distract" the boys and male teachers. Some 40 students were called into a meeting and told that if they didn't lower their skirts they would be given detention.

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When my mother bought my school uniform skirt it was floor length so that it would "last". By the time I left school six years later it was still below the knee so there was no fear of me being sent home for wearing a 'mini'.

Rolling up your school skirt to show off a bit of leg is nothing new. We did it, our mothers did it and our children do it too.

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