Jacksonville High School good girl prom dress guide: How one school demeaned female students while appropriating its standard for virtuous female behavior.
Students slut shamed by dress code flier illustrating what clothing defines a “good girl” at a Florida high school prom were posted in classrooms this past Monday.
Jacksonville, Florida high school, Stanton Preparatory Academy faced backlash to the administration after a teacher posted a flyer with four images of formal attire directed at girls, three negatively displayed and one labeled “good girl”.
— Milind Mishra (@meekmilind) March 27, 2017
According to a Twitter video posted by a student, the administration formally apologized for the flyers Tuesday morning.
“Please do accept my apology for this poor delivery of information, our intent is to make sure that prom is enjoyable and memorable.” Stanton College Principal Nongongoma Majova-Seane said in a statement via KFVS.
The display of prom dress photos at Stanton College Prep is not appropriate or an approved policy. Images were removed on Mon. #SCPgoodgirl
— DCPS (@DuvalSchools) March 28, 2017
According to Duval County Public Schools, the post was made by a teacher and does not represent the district.
“Both students and staff have been informed this was not acceptable or appropriate guidance for prom dress attire,” Laureen Ricks told the New York Post on behalf of the Duval County Public Schools.
However briefly posted, the offending flier speaks to a larger issue of underage girls being sexualized at their schools and punished for their clothing choices.
“There’s a problem with this dress code that’s been outdated, stigmatizes the female body, and you need to do something about it and fix it,” posted Stanton Senior Anthony Paul on twitter, directing his message to Duval County Public Schools. (TWITTER https://twitter.com/anthonyrpaul?lang=en)
As much as the school or teachers may have sought to “offer its guidance’ as to what it considers virtuous behavior and of decorum, the Jacksonville High School prom dress guide concept proves itself to be destructive – the burden is not on girls to cover themselves, the burden is on all students to maintain proper conduct at school.
Schools are supposed to project the image of an ideal society. They are an escape from the harsh realities of an unjust world. We protect our children from racism, sexism and bigotry while they attend school until graduation. We have zero tolerance policies to violence and drugs in schools because of the impact felt upon students health and futures success.
Sarah Dew-Reeves, a licensed clinical psychologist at Nautilus Behavioral Health, said of the issue “I certainly can see that others messages were being conveyed besides just a dress code”.
Speaking about the flyers “It seems like the goodness of those girls would be equated with their physical appearance.” Dew-Reeves said.
Policies should be gender neutral regarding students behavior and dress. If male identified students can not wear loose shirts and baggy clothing, then the same must apply to all students. If tight shirts are forbidden they must be forbidden for all students, not simply those whose records indicate female sex.
As gender activism comes more to the forefront every day, and gender rights feature prominently in news stories, antiquated issues like policing clothing of young girls enrolled in school become more repugnant.
Making your own decisions regarding what you wear is part of being an adult.
Choosing what you want to wear to celebrate your academic year is a right that should be available to all students of any gender. A school administration has no place telling young girls that a dress they will wear one night of their lives is an embodiment of their character.
— sailor jupiter (@madisonyardsale) March 28, 2017
Stanton College Prep, Jax FL
#1 in the state
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— Cooper Connelly (@Coop_Connelly) March 28, 2017