After receiving detention and suspension from school for breaking the dress code, Canadian teen Lauren Wiggins decided to take a stand against a standard she says promotes the wrong message.
The 17-year-old was told on Monday that her full-length halter dress was “inappropriate” and a “sexual distraction” to fellow students.
“Enough is enough. I’m tired of the unjust standards that we as women are held up to,” Wiggins wrote on Facebook. “I’m tired of the discrimination against our bodies, and I’m absolutely fed up with comments that make us feel like we can’t be comfortable without being provocative.”
Wiggins received detention for her clothing. After writing a complaint letter to vice principal Shane Sturgeon, she was also suspended from school for one day.
“If you are truly so concerned that a boy in this school will get distracted by my upper back and shoulders, then he needs to be sent home and practice self control,” Wiggins wrote. “The fact that authority figures, especially males, can tell young women they must cover up their shoulders and their back because it is ‘inappropriate’ and a ‘distraction’ is very uncomforting.”
Wiggins added that schools are the social building blocks of an adolescent’s life and they should teach them how to communicate and develop relationships with others.
Wiggins' parents have been supportive of her decision to wear the dress. Her mother, Cindy, even noted that Wiggins wore it to a job interview and was hired.
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