Wednesday 13 December 2017

Mary Kenny: School uniforms may be ugly, but they protect teenage girls from the chill winds of our sex-obsessed society

Mary Kenny

Mary Kenny

I suppose like most schoolgirls I hated my school uniform, and ever since those days many moons ago I have disdained to wear maroon. There is something to be said for having a horrible colour for a school uniform because it leaves all the pretty colours free for the rest of your life. Cat-sick yellow, bluebottle-green, mouldy grey are all suitable hues never to have to don again.

Yet while hating your school uniform is – I imagine – a common experience, school uniforms are, in themselves, a good thing.

Some parents are to be balloted about what their offspring are to wear to school, up to the age of 18, and while there may be a case for some laxity after 17, there is a strong case for retaining the uniform habit during most of the teen years. Especially for girls. That may sound discriminatory, but it accords with some basic biological facts.

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