This 17-year-old high schooler challenged her school's administration about the questionable dress codes that young girls have to follow for weird reasons.
Several schools across the globe have strict uniform rules and dress codes that might seem misogynistic and outdated to many young women. A lot of these young girls are often subjected to mockery and punishments if they don't follow certain rules involving their dress codes. But the newest generation isn't keeping mum and tolerating a bunch of sexist rules anymore. A schoolgirl named Anastasia is going viral on TikTok where she can be seen challenging her own school's authority by questioning them about the sexist dress code that is enforced on the female students.
Anastasia believes that the dress code that is implemented on them is negatively affecting other young girls like her. "Why is this school so persistent on telling girls to cover up when really guys should just keep it in their pants?" Anastasia questioned at the beginning of the video, which she posted on TikTok as @anastasiaskits. As students sitting around her can be seen covering their faces in awe, Anastasia continues to try and get her point across to the school's administration.
She speaks up about how they are told to cover their shoulders and stomachs despite all those being natural parts of their body. But girls who wear clothes bearing those parts are considered "a distraction" for the boys and are heavily sexualized. The brave schoolgirl mentions how she has chatted with many others like her in school and how she has seen girls with bigger chests getting called out by the administration for breaking the dress code.
But in reality, the girl with a bigger chest can be wearing the same outfit as a girl with a smaller chest and that girl ends up facing the biases. "I've heard more girls with the bigger cup sizes get dress-coded more than the smaller ones," Anastasia insisted. "It's completely sexist and not okay." As her first video raked in over 8 million views on the platform, one of the viewers on TikTok begged her to upload a follow-up to this video.
Anastasia obliged with the commend and shared a second video where her school's administration at the school assembly can be heard claiming that they were only following protocols that are printed in the handbook about the school's dress code. "It's on there, it's in the handbook," one of the school's administrators tells Anastasia. "Majority of people do get it, but there are some people who want to challenge it."
As the school's administrator further claimed that some staff members fell "uncomfortable" with the way certain girls in the school dress, another student who was off camera jumped into the conversation. The student pointed out how it is odd that a staff member would admit feeling uncomfortable with the dresses worn by young girls in school. The administrator tries to brush off that remark but other girls at the assembly were already in shock to realize that the adult staff members might be sexualizing the underage girls.
The TikTok commentators praised Anastasia for voicing this alarming concern and left supportive words for her. @wowzza__ wrote: "It’s also so uncomfortable having teachers/supervisors observing our bodies in that way. Judging if our outfits are too revealing." @izabella.blackstone shared: "I literally went off on one of the assistant principals and the actual principal. I got detention." @kwittenberg18 remarked: "Yes! And the worst part is most guys don’t actually care, it’s the male teachers. I have known guys who defend girls against male teachers."
@be.the.rainbow.to.bridge added: "It's because the adults are sexualizing young women when they need to be focusing on their education. I'm so proud of you for raising your voice!" According to a report from the Government Accountability Office, about 90% of dress codes prohibit some form of clothing that is typically associated with girls and women, including short skirts, tank tops, crop tops, leggings, and other form-fitting clothes. That's compared to the 69% of dress code policies that target clothing mostly worn by boys like sagging jeans and muscle shirts for example.