Not wearing a trousers: because do some schools still have sexist uniform rules?

March 9, 2017 - School Uniform

Break from custom this week, folks! That’s right, only cruise me a cockney insurgent (or Jewish rebel, to be precise) since instead of me copy a doubt from a reader and replying to it I’m going to understanding with An Issue. A immature reader – unequivocally young, as it happens – wrote in to protest that her school, a Catholic primary propagandize in south-east London, does not concede girls to wear trousers. As this venerable immature lady so wisely observes, trousers yield improved insurance than skirts opposite descending over in a playground, as good as a winter cold; and trousers make climbing on a propagandize apparatus some-more fun. So what’s a deal?

As zero gets this column’s engine going some-more than a idea that immature girls are being prevented from fulfilling their intensity on jungle gyms, we donned my pork-pie shawl to find out what a understanding was. Sadly, a headteacher (a man, as it happens) was too bustling to pronounce to me and no one else was peaceful to criticism on a record. So I’ll change out of journalist(ish) mode and behind into my common opinion-writer-for-hire schtick and lay it on a line: of march girls should be authorised to wear trousers during school, only as grown women should be authorised to wear flat boots in a workplace. Are these unequivocally still arguments? In 2017? To quote a educational content Zoolander: we feel like I’m eating crazy pills here!

Increasingly, schools in Britain are permitting girls to wear trousers, though notwithstanding a efforts of debate groups such as trousersforall.co.uk, some stalwarts are holding out.

I have no doubt that a reader’s propagandize and other identical schools have good intentions. But banning girls and women from wearing trousers does not accurately set a certain precedent. Even withdrawal aside eremite edicts, women were not authorised to wear trousers on a US Senate building until 1993! How violent does that now seem? When those manners afterwards changed, it now seemed absurd that it was ever any other way. This is accurately what will occur when – not if – all schools concede girls to wear trousers.

Doubtless, some people out there will contend – some waggishly, others reduction so – that if girls should be authorised to wear trousers during propagandize afterwards boys should be means to wear dresses. My personal feeling on that is, sure, boys can wear dresses if they wish though women’s clothing, from skirts to stilettos, was designed to shorten women’s movement, since men’s wardrobe is all about freedom. This is since perfectionist that girls should be authorised to wear trousers – and that women should be authorised to wear flats – is a unsentimental issue, and perfectionist boys wear dresses is something else.

When children are eight, they should feel zero though freedom. Girls, including my immature correspondent, should be means to run, climb, burst though any concerns about hypothermia or their modesty. Lord knows adequate of them will spend most of their adult lives pang for old-fashioned ideas of femininity.

I always consider internet selling will be reduction con than going to a high travel – though it’s not! All that scrolling takes for ever, and we can never find anything.

Leah, by email

Ah scrolling: we have, so to speak, put your finger right on a modern-day malaise, Leah. Once it seemed so whizzy and complicated and freeing: so most choice! Right here! Wow, who needs hoverboards when a destiny is here, right during a fingertips?

Oh, how fast newness turns to irritation. For me, Netflix is a ultimate instance of this. The streaming use should be an extraordinary thing – all those movies, TV shows, documentaries and pointless comedy specials – whenever we wish them, wholly for free! Kinda! Except, Jesus, all that scrolling opposite by those pointless categories – Trending Now; Because You Watched The Crown – and not only a categories! You have to get all a approach by one row, and afterwards click down and do it again, since it turns out that a destiny feels a lot like regulating an aged typewriter, tip-tip drumming to a corner of a square of paper, whacking a carriage behind and starting all over again. we mean, we adore to fake I’m in a opening credits of Murder She Wrote as most as a subsequent Angela Lansbury obsessive. But this process of looking for something to watch in a evenings loses a attracts flattering quickly, and presumably explains since we generally finish adult only examination another 5 episodes of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

The conform homogeneous of Netflix is Asos, a website that should be shining though fast becomes a black hole of scrolling. And of course, this is maybe a clarification of first-world web problems: “Ugh, so many dresses for me to buy, though we can’t be arsed to demeanour by them all – MY PAIN!” But these distributors don’t know a simple order of a sell experience: consumers contend they wish choice, though they don’t. They wish simplicity. Which is since Asos, and others like them, should offer daily “editor’s recommendations” or likewise curated selections. Because discordant to what Michael Gove announced final year, people do like to take tips from experts, not (just) since they don’t trust themselves though since they can’t be faffed to wade by all a options. But we don’t consider anyone needs Gove’s Asos recommendations. Compared with that, I’d rather corkscrew to hell.

Post your questions to Hadley Freeman, Ask Hadley, The Guardian, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU. Email ask.hadley@theguardian.com

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