Chloë Cross was always getting busted for dress code violations and her yearbook quote is the perfect send-off.
Buh-bye! Often when we write about how dress code violations are generally sexist and full of double standards, there is a lot of, "She knew the rules!" in response, as though the fact that a rule exists is what gives it legitimacy. No rule was ever overturned or deemed unconstitutional or immoral or outdated, ever, so to hell with anyone who criticizes one!
Chloë Cross's yearbook quote is she isn't saying she didn't break the rules. She's saying the administration was right: her midriff probably did keep scores of young men from concentrating on their education, resulting in drop-out levels never before seen at San Mateo High. It's all her fault!!!! The quote reads:
I would just like to apologize to those who were unable to graduate with the class of 2015 because they were too distracted by my midriff and consequently failed all of their classes! xoxo
It's funny, but Cross told Yahoo News that the message was serious:
I got the idea for the quote from the bizarre rationalization that administrators use when punishing girls for violating dress code, which is that they are being "distracting" and making it "hard for others to learn." ... Nobody from my class would be going to college if bodies were as distracting as the administration makes them out to be... Why shouldn't I have said something that makes people think about why they blame girls for distracting boys instead of boys for lacking the self control to remain on task?
On Cross' Instagram there are other examples of her sly sense of humor about her clothing choices:
I feel like this is an appropriate throwback with all the recent goings on etc etc photo by @juliahans A photo posted by Chloë Niccole (@chloe_niccole) on
Frustration with dress codes for young women is rising and it's not surprising. Girls are tired of being told they're keeping boys from getting an education when they're the ones being sent home from school over hemlines.