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‘Uniforms’ do not protect girls from sexual harassment in schools

Blaming sexual harassment of female students on their clothing is a function of rape culture. It is also a child protection issue within schools.

Blaming sexual harassment of female students on their clothing is a function of rape culture. It is also a child protection issue within schools.

Blaming sexual harassment of female students on their clothing is a function of rape culture. It is also a child protection issue within schools.

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4 thoughts on “‘Uniforms’ do not protect girls from sexual harassment in schools

  • Emperor says:

    “prompting accusations of victim blaming”? it is not an accusation of victim blaming, it is obviously victim blaming. while it is laudable to dress decently as a matter of personal dignity, it should never be linked to protection from sexual harassment. anyone with a mind twisted enough to think ‘indecent dressing’ (i do not know what is the object criterion for determing which dress is decent and which is not) contributes to sexual harassment, he/she should try to answer the question of whether sexually abused babies are also guilty of not dressing well in their diapers. this is what you get when an uneducated person is placed in charge of education

  • Sara Johnson says:

    Add to this: because of the way our garment sizing is structured, this policy will affect girls with different body types differently. Girls of certain shapes are more likely to find their clothes fitting tightly. This affects certain race groups (who are already seen in hypersexualized ways) disproportionately.

  • Suzi says:

    Disgraceful comments from the headteacher! The school has a duty to safeguard ALL of its pupils and to educate them regarding appropriate and inappropriate behaviour. I thought for a minute I was reading something from the 1950s.

  • I blogged about this head teacher’s attitude (http://vanillarosetangents.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/baggy-trousers.html). The head teacher is a liar. The uniform code states “Trousers MUST be slightly loose and loose at the ankle.” Nothing about trousers having to look demure.

    Then there’s the fact that sending pupils home without ensuring a parent, guardian or responsible adult is there is hardly protecting their safety either.