Students wore skirts to promote respect and tolerance while being inclusive and breaking gender stereotypes.
Students from a school in Scotland are breaking stereotypes by wearing skirts to school. Students of Castleview Primary School of Edinburgh in Scotland wanted to support the #ClothesHaveNoGender initiative that originated in Spain. Castleview tweeted that their P6 class was working towards creating a more inclusive environment. "SO proud of our P6’s who wrote to our leadership team to ask if we could support #clotheshavenogender #LaRopaNoTieneGenero. We promote respect, tolerance, and understanding and we want our school to be inclusive and promote equality," tweeted the school.
SO proud of our P6’s who after reading @HappyNewspaper wrote to our leadership team to ask if we could support #clotheshavenogender #LaRopaNoTieneGenero We promote respect, tolerance and understanding and we want our school to be inclusive and promote equality. pic.twitter.com/lCWqt2l3SY— Castleview Primary (@Castleview_PS) November 3, 2021
So proud of our P6 pupils who made the choice to support Mikel Gomez and #LaRopaNoTieneGenero campaign by wearing skirts to school. Our pupils are free to wear the uniform that best suits them EVERY day of the year 💜 Our pupils are incredible for organising this 😍 pic.twitter.com/76oGFO0LIJ— Miss White (@MissWhiteCV) November 4, 2021
The #LaRopaNoTieneGenero (clothes have no gender) movement started in Spain when a student by the name of Mikel Gómez was expelled for wearing a skirt to school in October 2020. He was also asked to consult a psychologist for wearing a skirt, implying that he had mental issues. Gómez told El Pais that he had worn a skirt in support of trans people and feminists. Some of the male teachers at the school decided to wear skirts to school to show their support for Mikel, kicking off the #ClothesHaveNoGender campaign. Gómez uploaded a video of him calling out the school and it spurred hundreds of boys to wear skirts in protest. By November, it had snowballed into a full-fledged movement with boy students and teachers all over the country wearing clothes stereotypically deemed feminine.
Ethan showing his support for #LaRopaNoTieneGenero at school today! So Proud! pic.twitter.com/VROPDSJnun— Nicola Taylor (@NicolaT22) November 4, 2021
This nationwide movement sparked debate and conversation on the subject and gave birth to “wear a skirt to school” day which is now celebrated every year on November 4. The students at the Scottish school wore skirts to break stereotypes and take a stand against toxic masculinity. Nicola, the mom of a student at Castleview Primary School also shared an image of her son Ethan wearing a skirt, smiling and giving a thumbs up to the campaign. “The majority of upper school took part, some P6 boys wore their skirts once in school on Friday too," Nicola told Bored Panda. “The school [and its students were] mostly supportive. Ethan enjoyed taking part as he was happy to show his support.”
@Castleview_PS P2 and P3 team supporting #LaRopaNoTieneGenero #clotheshavenogender pic.twitter.com/riOcP577Js— Miss Jess (Chapman) (@MissChapman_CV) November 4, 2021
Think you failed this lesson, even the 10/11 year olds managed to grasp this one. Clothing shouldn't have gender. So wearing a certain type of clothing isn't about wanting to be any type of gender specifically. God its not hard if 10 years olds can understand dude.— lynsey (@LynseyMacfadyen) November 5, 2021
There was an uproar online with many criticizing the school but Nicola said the school offered a safe space for the students and added that nothing was forced on the kids. “The school makes sure the kids feel they have a safe space to express themselves and know that they can express their own views and opinions,” said Nicola. “These people are entitled to their own views and opinions on the subject, but not to personally attack us for what we support our children doing," she added, pointing out that it ultimately was about supporting the children to make their own choices.
I am super proud of P3B for creating their own paper skirts to be part of #LaRapoNoTieneGenero @letclothesbe pic.twitter.com/0FtrPzTDDP— Miss Moorehead (@MissMooreheadCV) November 4, 2021
Un cole que educa en el respeto, la diversidad, la coeducaión y la tolerancia. ¡Vístete como quieras! Nos sumamos a la inicitiva #LaRopaNoTieneGénero @CEIPVdeSacedon @educacyl @cfievalladolid @FTriangulo @fecylgtb pic.twitter.com/GgnoejXe2N— Borja Velázquez (@borjamusico) April 29, 2021
P6 have been learning about the importance of breaking down gender stereotypes. We have organised a ‘Wear a Skirt to School Day’ to raise awareness of #LaRopaNoTieneGénero campaign. This will be on Thursday 4th November and we’d love everyone to get involved! 👗 @Castleview_PS pic.twitter.com/Bby6JKzUJz— Miss White (@MissWhiteCV) October 27, 2021
The school's tweet and Nicola's statement sparked a fierce debate online. "This is outrageous. and if I had a child attending this school I would be making a formal complaint," wrote one parent. One person opined that the students' efforts to tackle toxic masculinity was an attack on masculinity itself. "They don't want men anymore, stripping them of their masculinity," wrote one person. Another poked fun at those outraged by the news, pointing out that Scots often wore kilts, the traditional dress of Gaelic men and boys, which resembles a skirt.
It's important for kids to have inclusive teachers at school as was the case with Mikel Gómez. One of his teachers, Jose Piñas wore a skirt to school and posted a picture of himself wearing one. He reflected on his own childhood and wrote on Twitter, "20 years ago I suffered persecution and insults for my sexual orientation in high school where I am now a teacher, many teachers, they looked the other way. I want to join the cause of the student, Mikel, who has been expelled and sent to the psychologist for going to class with a skirt."
What a lovely idea 😊🌈— LGBT Youth Scotland (@LGBTYS) November 4, 2021
🏫 We're delighted to see one of our wonderful #LGBTCharter schools taking the lead from pupils with this today to help challenge gender stereotypes and send a strong message of inclusion for all.
Well done to the pupils for raising this idea! 👏👏🏽👏🏿 https://t.co/tYDdRSG9Dx
Nothing here suggests the kids were "forced" to do anything. It was their idea to have a Wear A Skirt Day, not the schools' or the teachers'. Fail to see how it's anybody else's business but I say Well Done to the bairns and the staff alike. x— Chris Connolly* (@ConnollysWBS) November 4, 2021
Hace 20años sufrí persecución e insultos xmi orientación sexual en el instituto en el q ahora soy profesor, muchs profes, miraron para otro lado. Quiero unirme a la causa del alumno, Mikel, q ha sido expulsado y enviado al psicólogo por ir a clase con falda. #LaRopaNoTieneGenero pic.twitter.com/5PEN9vityY— Jose Piñas (@joxepinas) November 9, 2020