It is a truth universally acknowledged that, during prom season, you do not mess with the dress. Seriously, it’s a bad idea. Girls are turning to social media stake a claim on a particular dress and make sure that someone else doesn’t show up in the same one. If you think this is extreme, I point you towards Exhibit Anne Hathaway. Dress selection is serious business, not just as the Oscar or prom level. No, it trickles all the way down to middle school. As the principal of Readington Middle School in New Jersey has recently found out, a real quick way to get students and parents up in arms is to ban strapless dresses at an 8th grade dance.
Although I would like nothing more than to throw in a 2nd Amendment pun here, parents are invoking the 14th Amendment in this particular battle. Parents have called the ban “arbitrary” since strapless dresses had been permitted in previous years. The principal’s justification for the ban was that strapless dresses would be “distracting” to the boys at the dance. Regulating girls’ attire is a bit of a hot button issue, and these parents aren’t going to let the sex discrimination issue go. They went to the School Board and now are waiting to hear from the policy committee as to whether or not the principal’s policy will be overturned.
Until then, many a dress will be in limbo. But, it is heartening to see that parents have taken on the P. Swayze role in this reboot. Because nobody puts baby in a cardigan…well, unless it’s chilly out. Then it’s ok.Tags: 14th Amendment, Discrimination, Dresses, Prom