Ugh! Principal Approves of Sexist Dress Codes for Girls

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As if being a girl isn't already stressful enough, a high school principal in Michigan thinks his female students should be responsible for dressing themselves in a manner that helps their male peers to control themselves. Yes — this really happened in 2015.

According to Seventeen, Jim Bazen, principal of Plymouth Christian High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan, detailed his sexist guidelines in a letter he wrote to, which published an editorial in opposition of dress codes that unfairly target women.

He writes:

Being wired more visual, males are attracted to shape and skin. Yes, a lot of bare skin or tightly covered (Spandex!) skin is a sexual distraction to a male. He will say, the more skin the better...but this leads him to treat women as 'sex objects' rather than respect her for who she is. So, it would seem to me, that if you do not want women treated as 'sex objects,' you should tell them to cover more skin.

The letter continues:

The only way you can help young men not treat young ladies as sex objects is by telling the young ladies to cover up! A young man will not think of a respectfully dressed young woman as a 'sex object' but is more likely to see her for who she is. A young man may have no intention to lust, yet when an immodestly dressed girl passes him in the hall, he will think sexual thoughts.

Ugh, we're completely shaking our heads at this one. We won't deny that women are pretty damn powerful and capable of accomplishing some spectacular feats, but not even Superwoman herself should be charged with controlling an entire sex. Promoting respect for others, regardless of sex, is a much more balanced message to deliver to students to ensure that they all experience a comfortable learning environment.
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