Wednesday 22 November 2017

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

'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'
Sinead Moriarty

Sinead Moriarty

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.

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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