Last week, some of the male students at Buchanan High School in Clovis, CA, decided to protest their school's refusal to change its dress code, which hasn't been updated since 1975, by wearing dresses to school. And to show their support, some of the girls wore flannels and button up shirts (that isn't strictly against the dress code, but does help illustrate how stupid it is) as well as shirts and jackets emblazoned with "Dress Code Sucks" (which apparently is very much against the dress code).
The idea for the protest came after the district voted 4-3 in favor of keeping the outdated Clovis Unified School District dress code, which says that boys are not allowed to have long hair that falls "below the mid-point of a standard stand up shirt collar and earlobes must be visible." The dress code also states that those visible boy earlobes must not be pierced because for male students, earrings are "not appropriate or acceptable." Wow, judgmental much, Clovis Unified School District?
Last summer, Buchanan High student William Pleasants published an open letter saying that he couldn't enroll for his senior year because he refused to cut his hair, and wondering why it was fine for girls to have either short or long hair, while boys were still required to keep theirs short.
The CUSD dress code is actually in violation of California law protecting gender expression, according to the ACLU. Attorney Abré Conner issued a statement saying that the ACLU was “shocked that they decided not to comply with the law." She went on to state that they're currently "evaluating [their] next steps," and that they haven't ruled out a lawsuit.
The two girls who wore clothing that said "Dress Code Sucks" got written up, but none of the boys wearing dresses actually got into trouble. Maybe because there's no denying that they just look so damn pretty. Those dresses are a little short, though—hope they didn't have to put up with too much cat-calling.