Parents Furious As UK Secondary Schools Ban Skirts To "Accommodate" Trans Students

One month after a private secondary school in England banned its male students from wearing shorts during the summer - instead requesting that they wear a more "gender neutral" ensemble that includes a skirt, dozens of private schools have taken up the banner of intersectional feminism and banned their female students from wearing skirts as part of their uniforms.

The reason? Because the "growing" number of transgender students at these schools aren't comfortable with traditional "gendered" uniforms, according to RT. Instead, secondary schools like the Priory School in Lewes, East Sussex, are asking female students to "accommodate" their transgender peers by wearing trousers, just like male students do.

"We have a small but increasing number of transgender students and therefore having the same uniform is important for them," said Headteacher Tony Smith. However, some parents have chafed at the fact that they weren't consulted about the ban, and others have argued that female students should still have the option of wearing a skirt, according to RT.

Diane Burdaky, parent of a pupil at Philips High School told RT that there had been no consultation process and that the children did "not want to wear trousers all the time."

She said: "I was very shocked. There was no consultation with any parents or students. There was no explanation for the ban. No reasons given whatsoever. I know the children at school do not want to wear trousers all the time."

Copleston High School in Ipswich has placed skirts on a list of "inadmissible" items - along with "skinny jeans and facial piercings." Eight secondary schools in Ipswich have now banned skirts and have opted to become "trousers only" schools. Some schools have opted to couch their skirt bans with the excuse that skirts - which female students have been wearing for decades - unfairly sexualize female pupils.

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Indeed, gender-neutral uniform policies have grown increasingly popular in UK schools since the introduction of the Equality Act in 2010. Under its provisions, the law leaves schools with a duty to protect transgender students from discrimination.

Unsurprisingly, the skirt bans haven't been as readily embraced by the UK public.

Given the increasing hostility to "choice" and "freedom of expression" in UK schools, we can't help but wonder what's next: Will they start forcing everyone to use gender neutral pronouns, too?

Comments

Billy the Poet HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Thu, 07/05/2018 - 04:27 Permalink

. Some schools have opted to couch their skirt bans with the excuse that skirts - which female students have been wearing for decades - unfairly sexualize female pupils.

 

I would think that the evolution of the skirt has more to do with the advantage of less restrictive clothing when a female urinates or menstruates than it does with sexualization.

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waspwench Totally_Disill… Thu, 07/05/2018 - 15:12 Permalink

AND, the big question:  why is the minority (the gender confused group) the one which determines what the majority (the group which harbours no doubts about their gender) has to wear.  

I bet no-one is makings rulings about what mudslime girls wear to school in the UK.

Parents have to take a stand.   If they do not then they will get what they deserve - damage to their children's morals, psyche, confidence and understanding of what is normal and what aberrant behaviour.  

Do not allow the schools to do this to your children.

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css1971 Billy the Poet Thu, 07/05/2018 - 05:56 Permalink

Well, it's really the other way round.

Originally everyone wore skirts of a sort. A skirt is just a blanket that's been wrapped round and round. Blankets are easy to make, cheap and flexible, you can use them for other things. A real Scottish kilt (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belted_plaid) is actually just a woolen blanket, the modern one was invented in the 19th century by an englishman because original kilts are a pain to put on.

Trousers (pantalons) are a Chinese invention that appeared and spread among people who had to ride horses, for leg protection. They're more complex to make, more wasteful in fabric, expensive and they wear out at specific points, but they became popular due to the protection they afforded during work.

No reason today that everyone can't wear trousers, and they do, skirts are no longer very popular. Non issue. Banning this or that though is just stupid. Even more dumb when the potentially offended group makes up less than 0.3% of the population.

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QuantumEasing Boonster Thu, 07/05/2018 - 21:00 Permalink

The whole issue is solved rather easily.

To all the mental defectives that are threatening (or in the case of Khalifarnia, already doing so) to arrest people for using "the wrong pronouns," I agree.

I agree that you believe there are 125 different genders.

However, gender is a construct of grammar. Nothing more.

SEX, is a matter of biology. There are precisely TWO SEXES (you could argue that there are three, but the rates of hermaphroditic humans is VANISHINGLY small).

Gender is language. Sex is biology.

Done.

Notice that a switcheroo has taken place, and the term "trans-SEXUAL" has been neatly replaced with "trans-GENDER."

Words mean things. But turning a hot dog into a dry taco does not change someone from a man to a woman. Never will.

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