18-year-old Ariel Winter just attended her high school prom, so things like school dress codes have played an important part in her life recently. On Thursday, the Modern Family actor instagrammed a picture of a printed sign taped to a door. It doesn't appear that she made the sign, just snapped it and posted it, but still, the message speaks volumes. Winter included a bunch of high-five emojis in the caption field, which is how teens show their support and enthusiasm for stuff.
The sign reads:
When you interrupt a girl's school day to force her to change clothes, or send her home because her shorts are too short or her bra straps are visible, you are telling her that making sure boys have a "distraction free" learning environment is more important than her education.
Instead of shaming girls for their bodies, teach boys that girls are not sexual objects.
Dress codes have been in the news a lot lately, highlighting the outdated, sexist aspects of them. For example, boys don't usually wear bras, so they don't even have to worry about the straps showing. What's even offensive about bra straps? Are bras supposed to be a secret? Or is it simply that they remind people that the folks wearing the bras are using them to support those horrible, no-good, shameful breasts?
Unsurprisingly, a lot of people agree with Winter—and a lot don't. Her post has gotten over 1,100 comments so far, most of them her followers arguing with each other.
Well, as long as everyone agrees, that's all that matters.