Bangor High School Dress Code Debate Continues [UPDATE]
Bangor High School Sophomore Cat Just came on our sister station on Friday to update us on the ongoing protest of the school's dress code, which she says unfairly targets female students.
Just's Facebook post on the controversy sparked a Thursday "crop top movement" in which several students wore clothing that was at odds with the dress code. Just said she was not spoken to or disciplined for wearing a crop top to school. Some of her female supporters, however, were asked to cover up, she said.
She said one male supporter also wore a crop top, but was not disciplined.
"He even got some laughs out of the faculty," Just said. "If that's not a double standard I don't know what is."
Just said Thursday morning she and her supporters would continue violating the dress code in until their concerns were addressed.
"Young women internalize a lot of misogyny...Women are taught a a very young age there is something sexual about your body. That is not the message we want to be sending to young women," she said. "We want to tell them that their value is not determined by the clothes that they wear, that their clothing is not their consent. We need to be teaching young men to respect young women and control themselves."
Bangor School Department officials have not offered a comment on the dress code or the recent objections to it.
The school department’s policy does not have separate dress codes for male and female students. The student handbook reads in part,” Clothing should not be too short, too long, too low or worn too tightly. (Skirts and shorts must extend to fingertips.) Clothing that exposes cleavage, the midriff, undergarments or that is otherwise immodest or provocative is prohibited.”
The debate has also made its way to change.org, where a petition has been launched to "end sexism and hypocrisy at Bangor High."