Over the last year, there have been a slew of posts on social media about the implicit slut-shaming found in school dress codes. Teen girls are forbidden from wearing tank tops in class because too much skin might distract the boys in their classes.
Sigh. As if it's up to young women to control the behavior of young men.
Well, the male students at a Canadian high school seem to feel differently, and left a VERY disturbing message for their female peers.
This sexist, horrifying flyer was posted in the hallways by two male students at Breton High School in Alberta, Canada.
The poster is addressed to the female students at the school, and reads:
"When you wear little to no clothing and dress provocatively because it’s 'too hot out' or because you think it’s 'attractive,' you are putting boys at risk of having a distracting working environment and saying, 'your clothing is more important than their education.' Instead of dressing like a THOT, value the male education and dress conservatively."
In case you're wondering, THOT = That Ho Over There.
The note was a passive-aggressive response to an original flyer posted in the women's restroom at the school.
“When you interrupt a girl’s school day to force her to change her clothes, or send her home because her shorts are too short or her bra straps are too visible, you are telling her that making sure boys have a ‘distraction free’ environment is more important than her education. Instead of shaming girls for their bodies teach boys that girls are not sexual objects,” the initial note said.
And, if you can believe it, the story gets worse — because the school's response to this slut-shamey flyer is beyond aggravating.
The school's principal, Lara Jollymore, sent a note home to the parents and said she would address the "inappropriate acronym." As if the use of "THOT" was the only problem with the flyer.
In her note, she said both groups had a right to express their opinions, but also said revealing outfits can be distracting to a young man's learning environment. "Even though it is not appropriate for gentlemen to objectify ladies, when ladies wear extremely provocative clothing, they can be distracted," Jollymore said, according to Global News. UGH.
The school's poor response addressing the sexist flyer highlights how dress codes indirectly blame women for a man's behavior.
It's not a girl's job to make sure her male peers focus in school. And by the school reinforcing societal standards that say a man's education should be prioritized over a woman's, then they're definitely doing their female students a disservice.