Stuy HS Protesters Bare Their Feelings On New Dress Code
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Some students at Stuyvesant High School in Downtown Manhattan are rebeling against a new dress code, and encouraged their peers to join a "Slutty Wednesday" protest.
Students said the new rules at Stuyvesant, one of the city's top public schools, are arbitrary and affect female students more than males.
They added that body type often puts them at a disadvantage.
"There's absolutely no reason for it and other schools that don't perform as well as us don't have to do anything like that," said one student.
"They're, like, sexualizing our outfits by telling us what to wear. And like, I don't know, I guess it's just more important to learn in school rather than be like persecuted for your dress," said another.
"I don't have a problem with a dress code, just the way they enforce it is just completely ridiculous," said a third. "Because a lot of people can get away with their dress code because their limbs are really, really short."
The dress code includes a requirement that shorts, dresses and skirts should extend below students' fingertips, with their arms straight at their sides.
While many students disagreed with the rule, most showed up to classes Wednesday wearing more appropriate attire.