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The Netherlands is on track to become the second European Union nation to ban burqas.

Infuriating: A Bronx art teacher has been fired after speaking about her experiences as a sex worker at the Bowery Poetry Club. Also, the Daily News sucks. “Hooker?” Really?

At least 78 GOP candidates would have rape survivors forced to give childbirth.

Dozens of girls were banned from their Texas high school’s homecoming dance because their dresses weren’t “modest” enough.

Michigan Assistant Attorney General Andrew Shirvell has taken a leave of absence.

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  • brianna-g

    From the article on the dance: “But this case is especially galling because the moral policing was focused exclusively on the girls.”

    Uhm, boys at dances tend to wear suits or a button-up shirt and slacks. Since they would be dressed according to the code, there should be no problem. I’m sure if a boy came with his shirt unbuttoned so his chest showed, or wearing very short basketball shorts, he would be sent home too, but it probably never would occur to a high school boy to do that (and in the case of the shirt, it would be easy to button up). Of course, if he was sent home for wearing a dress that met the dress code, that’d be wrong.

    Schools can set whatever dress code they like, even if they’re doing it to prevent the MINORS in their care from wearing clothing that oversexualizes them. Some of those dresses don’t remotely meet my high school’s dress code (skirts past the fingertips when arms are at the sides, especially the bright teal skirt) and would have had them sent home from a dance in my liberal town, too, because they are inappropriate for a school dance. The administrators clearly went out of their way to accommodate the girls, too– advance warning of the dress code via announcements AND fliers handed out with the tickets, and then options of covering with available fabric, going home to change, or calling a parent. My school would have just sent the girl home, no alternatives, and other than an announcement that all normal dress codes applied (so, no strapless dresses either), wouldn’t have given much warning.

    • http://feministing.com/members/napoleoninrags/ Napoleoninrags

      Where to begin…

      The very dress codes you are marshaling here are anti-feminist. They are anti-feminist because they are concerned with modesty, an essentially anti woman concept historically derived from the need to protect women as property of husbands and fathers. And putting MINORS in caps like that just screams “WHAT ABOUT THE KIDZ?!”

    • http://feministing.com/members/prettyamiable/ PrettyAmiable

      I ACCIDENTALLY flagged this post, and apologize to both the feministing staff and Brianna. It was completely unintentional; my finger slipped.

      That aside, Brianna, none of your comment addresses the moral implications of requiring modesty of women and not of men. Every time these issues come up, it’s because women CAN be sexualized by what they are wearing and men CANNOT. You wear the wrong clothes and you are an object. This never happens to men.

      The solution isn’t reinforcing these tired beliefs.

    • antechamber

      But that’s not the point, did you actually look at the picture? The dresses are clearly not sexualizing anyone, they are above the knee, straight cut across the top dresses. If you go to a dress store, you would see that most dresses that aren’t cut in full length prom gowns or wedding dresses with trains. Modesty rules are nothing more than an excuse to shame overly developed girls for being too sexual (merely by existing). And if you’ve ever been the target of a dress code enforcement, its extremely patronizing and hurtful, usually targeting those who more well endowed, unpopular, overweight, or unconventionally attractive. At least that’s what my school used to do, and it was in liberal western new york, and they started enforcing the dress codes when we were in 5th grade!!

      I could maybe see if a girl arrived wearing a top as a dress, or a dress with a neckline down to her navel, but most high students wouldn’t do that. They want to look pretty and feel good about themselves, not start a newsworthy controversy, which for most girls involves wearing a dress that isn’t reminiscent of some Victorian modesty era. Not to mention that of course guys will never be the target of modesty enforcements because society doesn’t think mens bodies are beautiful enough to make ‘sexy’ clothing for. A man who wears even a modest level dress to a prom would be immediately kicked out, probably beaten up by his peers, or even killed for being too feminine. And if a girl decided to wear a nice pair of slacks and a blazer to a dance, she probably wouldn’t be allow to enter because her clothes weren’t formal enough, or because she must be some sort of ‘gay’ for not wanting to wear a dress and be subjected to some disgustingly shameful modesty test.

      Correcting America’s problem with the over-sexualizing young girls and teens, isn’t going to fixed by forcing busty girls to wear turtlenecks all year round.

  • http://feministing.com/members/obzidian/ Amy

    Another thing we missed: Not surprisingly, but unfortunately there is more evidence that the US government has historically had no issue with experimenting on disabled/differently-abled persons and people of color.

  • http://feministing.com/members/ilovecookies/ nikki

    Okay, about the dance. I fail to see the problem.

    There was a dress code.

    They were informed of the dress.

    They did did not follow the dress code.

    I’m sure if the boys at this dance had shown up inappropriatly dressed they would have been turned away as well. This was a school function and school rules should be followed. Like Madonna said to her daughter.

    “School’s not a nightclub.”