Girls are not the only gender not yet allowed to wear skirts to class. Asking boys to wear skirts is also an option offered by a school in Clifton, Bristol.
The organizers of a local LGBTQ+ youth club urged pupils at Hollington Primary to don pink robes and skirts to promote gender equality and to fight against bullies. “Respect for sex/gender diversity is a normal thing and it is time we discussed it,” reads an entry on a local LGBT+ news organization’s Facebook page.
One parent of a fourth-grader at the school was more critical. “I thought it was a bit unnecessary. My daughter was told she was coming to school in a skirt to prove she was a girl and would be treated like one,” said the mother, who wished to remain anonymous.
She continued to say that her daughter had been bullied by female children who compared her to a man.
“We live in a tolerant and progressive place, but when you see her subjected to this level of bullying and harassment, I thought it was a bit of a waste of time to have her wearing a skirt. This was a way of getting across the point that gender is not just for girls.”
Another mother, whose son attends the school, said she was supportive of the event but worried about the broader implications. “I would have preferred boys to wear tutus or training jackets,” she said. “Some parents were disappointed that boys were being coerced into doing something that is against their beliefs.”
The school’s headteacher, Andy Kermode, told BBC that “students were allowed to wear whatever they thought would best serve them and the pupils had their own opinions and made their own decision. I’m pleased that we’ve allowed the creative spark in our pupils.”
Many who protested against the event pointed out that if boys took off their shirts to support equality, girls would take off their short skirts to show their support for the same cause.
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