To the editor,
I want to thank you for posting your article on the matter happening in the Truro school.
I’m no longer in school but it twisted my stomach to know that gender discrimination was still a thing in Nova Scotia schools. It bothers me so much to know these young girls are being told to be more conservative in order to maintain a distraction-free environment, sacrificing their comfort and right to express their femininity. Because they were told to cover up, this does nothing to help three ongoing crises that are continually being fought.
It does little to teach students about accepting your body and loving yourself. The mother you interviewed also mentioned in her petition about a girl with scars covering her legs. If a girl can’t dress happily to her own liking, then how can she learn that she is entirely beautiful inside and out. The scars were caused by self-harm, which go against the acceptance of mental illness as well.
It does nothing to teach boys that women aren’t tools of amusement. By taking away shorts, you are taking away a power to express and acknowledging an age-old tale that women fit a certain mould and are toys for men.
The next issue I will mention bothers me the most. If a teacher is distracted by a young woman, 14 years old, wearing shorts, they are no adult. They have been through gender expression, age differences, fashion differences and various years of different seasons. If a teacher cannot think for one moment of the various reasons why a young woman may wear shorts on a hot day, then they should have their teaching license revoked because it isn’t logical to have such poorly conscious staff teaching children.
Lastly, this article had me thinking. If a student was to come out as transgender or began to express themselves differently. Say a male student started wearing dresses. Would he be policed as well? This is down right gender discrimination and I fully stand with the parents involved with taking a stand. As a student in university, I would gladly rally beside these parents if they were to choose to do so.