Photo of the Day: French schoolboys wear skirts to protest sexism

French school boys in skirts

(Image via @Adrien2Nice)

In what looked like one of the most fun anti-sexism protests ever, hundreds of male students from 27 schools in Nantes, France, donned skirts to school last week to show their support for gender equality. The kids thought up the “Lift the Skirt” campaign themselves, which won the backing of the education ministry — and, predictably, the condemnation of right-wing groups. Kids could opt not to wear a skirt and instead show their support with a sticker reading “I am fighting against sexism, are you?” 

The campaign comes on the heels of a report from the education ministry that found teachers give preferential treatment to boys, as well as in the midst of controversy over a new gender equality curriculum, which does great stuff like deconstructing gender stereotypes, promoting equality, and teaching LGTBQ tolerance. It sparked fears among some that kids would be indoctrinated in “gender theory.” Oh the horror.

(h/t Mashable)

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  • http://feministing.com/members/jadzia626/ Veronica

    This is awesome, and activism that angers the bigots really do help to expose them as well. Gender theory really is dangerous stuff. It is all about freedom, freedom of expression, and freedom is always a threat to the privileged majority.