It seems like every week there's another story about a girl getting "dress coded" at school–a.k.a. the school says a young woman's outfit is too inappropriate. This practice of governing what girls and young women are allowed to wear is problematic–it implies that men objectifying women is acceptable, it encourages victim-blaming, and it ultimately perpetuates rape culture. Seriously.
And today, we have yet another example of a school shaming a young woman for her clothing choice–but with a twist. Eleanor, a high school senior, recently took to Twitter to express her frustration about her senior photo being rejected due to her clothing. "Here's my senior picture. Because you can see my part of my bralette, it was 'too inappropriate,'" she tweeted. "Yet, here's the boys swim team picture." Her tweet included both her senior picture and the boys swim team photo.
If all the boys on the swim team are allowed to appear in the yearbook wearing nothing but tiny Speedos, why isn't Eleanor allowed to appear in the yearbook fully clothed? As she said in her tweet, the photo was rejected because her bralette is exposed–but her bralette is actually covering her skin, not revealing skin, so this truly makes no sense. Not to mention, comparing the two photos suggests that the school's decision to reject her photo is rooted in sexism.
Eleanor posted a few more tweets about the situation, elaborating in one why she chose to share the two pictures side-by-side.
She also shared that she talked to a few friends and teachers about the situation, and she plans to sit down with her school principal to challenge the decision.
Hundreds of people responded to Eleanor's viral tweet, offering messages of support (and jokes, of course).