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I have some thoughts on the banning of skirts as a way of making school uniform gender-neutral, if you'll listen.
1. Making uniform gender-neutral in all schools for all pupils is in my mind the very least that should be happening, for two reasons
2.One:the safety of trans pupils/those with gender identity issues.This is life & death, bullying & violence
3. SCHOOL MUST BE SAFE.
4. And two: if we tell boys and girls to dress differently, we tell them we expect them to be different, to behave differently
5. That is the biggest cause of toxic masculinity/feminist issues, limited aspirations,blocked career pipelines for our kids.Not good enough
6. So gender-neutral uniform policies, as many but in no way all schools have now: AN ABSOLUTE MINIMUM.
7. But without dialogue with pupils, parents, community? Just causes debate and rebellion, often for those who just don't get it. YET.
8. As for banning skirts: this is tricky. Everyone wearing the same: great.Limiting/restricting: not nec a problem (that's what uniform IS)
9. But it does create a straw man (grass skirt? 😀), deflecting the problem.
10. And schools who ban skirts for 'modesty' need to think about how society controls women's value/identity through clothing judgement
11. Skirts FOR ME inferior in terms of practicality but we can't suddenly make that the only criterion when it wasn't before
12. Because then this just becomes about 'taking away girls' identities'. THE QUESTION IS WHY IS A SKIRT SO TIED UP WITH THEIR IDENTITIES?
13. I'm glad we're talking about this. It's so important. But it's nuanced and complex and needs deep thought, not knee-jerk tabloid idiocy.
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