Minnesota School Backtracks On Sexist AF Prom Dress Code Requirement
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A Minnesota School District is backtracking on their sexist policy that would have required high school girls to submit a photo of their prom dress for pre-approval. After receiving tons of rightful backlash, Randy Bergquist, interim superintendent at the Osakis School District in Minnesota, said, “The students are not going to have to submit a photo. That doesn’t make sense — it’s 2017.” Gee, you think?
A statement released by Bergquist explained, “In an effort to prevent putting both our students and prom advisors in a difficult position on the night of prom and to prevent our students from spending hundreds of dollars on a dress inconsistent with the prom dress code, it was suggested that the prom advisor could pre-approve the dresses worn ahead of time. We were hoping this would ensure that no one would be denied the privilege of participating in the grand march on the night of prom. We are not going to require any such photo prior to the prom. None of the discussion items were acted on or put into policy.”
Here’s your cookie for realizing how bullshit this idea is before it was too late.
Unsurprisingly, boys were not going to be required to submit photos of their clothing. In a letter that went home to the students at Osakis High School, boys were told to wear slacks and a sport coat and that tennis shoes, sunglasses and baseball caps are not acceptable, which is hilarious because we all know there’s no way they’d send home a boy for wearing a pair of Chuck Taylors with his suit.
It should be noted that while the female students will no longer have to submit their dresses for pre-approval before the big night, it doesn’t mean they won’t still have to adhere to whatever ridiculous prom dress code standards the district has set. There’s a long history of girls being shamed by outdated and baffling dress codes, especially when it comes to prom. Girls have been told they can’t wear pantsuits, or show off too much of their backs or shoulders, or that “too much” cleavage is showing.
None of that makes much sense in 2017, either.