After reading her son's permission slip to attend a sixth-grade pool party, Jennifer Smith immediately realized the school's note was incredibly sexist, reports Babble. The Indianapolis, Indiana, mom believed the rule that "all girls must wear a non-white T-shirt over their swimsuit" was unfair because there was no regulation for boys other than that they were not allowed to wear Speedos. It was also "setting one standard for half of the student body only promotes the idea that girls bodies are naturally shameful," she told The Huffington Post. As a feminist who wanted to teach her son that no one should ever be ashamed of his or her body, she refused to "let my child participate in any activity that promotes girls body-shaming or tells girls to police their sexuality," she wrote on the permission slip. At first, Smith contacted the principal of Rhoades Elementary school asking her to explain the rule.
So I just helped supervise my 6th grade daughter's end of year swim party. About two-thirds of the girls had bikinis on, not modest ones either. Tops were strapless or little triangles. Bottoms were mostly pretty basic bikini bottoms, but a few had nothing more than little strings on the sides. My daughter and a few others had tankinis with little to no skin showing between the top and bottom. I know there will be a wide range of opinions out there, but I'll ask anyway to see if I am being unreasonable.
This Mom Was Shocked to Find Out What Girls Had to Wear to Their 6th-Grade Pool Party
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Thanks in part to the wonder of the Internet, I'd thought we'd come close to seeing all the dress code debacles that could possibly rear their patriarchal little heads. I stand corrected. This is a wild one. An Indianapolis school is mandating that their 6th grade girls wear a "non-white t-shirt" of course over their swimsuits should they want to attend their end-of-school-year pool party.