UK: Primary school asks boys (and teachers) to wear skirts to class to 'promote equality'

Article here. Excerpt:

'A primary school has asked boys as well as girls as young as three to go in today wearing skirts – to ‘promote equality’.

But the request from Castleview Primary in Edinburgh has been criticised by some parents.

It follows a similar move in Spain where teachers and children have worn skirts to show solidarity with a boy who was expelled for wearing one last year.

November 4 is now ‘wear a skirt to school day’ in Spain.

An email to parents from Castleview said it wanted children to be ‘comfortable’ taking part and that trousers and leggings could be worn under the skirts if needed.

It even offered to provide skirts for some youngsters if none were suitable at home. Teachers can wear skirts too.

One mother called Megan with a son at the school tweeted: ‘My son is five and just got this from the school! Let kids be kids.’

Another Twitter user called Nicola replied: ‘If a boy wants to wear a skirt to school, he should be allowed, but why put pressure on people to ask their son to wear a skirt or be seen as some sort of bigot?’'

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I fully support and admire those schoolboys who have worn skirts to school in protest at not being allowed to wear shorts in hot weather, while girls are allowed to wear cool skirts. Such boys have almost always been punished but have made a strong point that sex equality does not apply for boys.

But to TELL boys to wear a skirt is wrong. It is culturally normal for a male to wear trousers. It is not culturally normal for a boy to wear a skirt and there is no reason to make him do so, other than to encourage some social engineering and culture destruction.

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I came across a record of past campaigns of boys wearing skirts. Note that this was controversial because they were doing what they wanted, usually in protest, not what they were told.

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When the next such effort comes around and the girls are required to wear jock straps, should them they wear them as outerwear or underwear? And if as underwear how can we politely verify.

I'm open to suggestions.

Seriously, what can girls wear once a year or so to indicate their solidarity with boys?

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chuck asks "Seriously, what can girls wear once a year or so to indicate their solidarity with boys?"

How about formal suit and tie? This is not even very optional in many cultures. Quite a lot of companies lay it down as required dress code, and many who do not will not consider someone for promotion who does not conform to old-fashioned ideas of what is appropriate to wear in an office.

High heels are never mandated. So why don't the girls go and spend a load of money on a suit and tie that men would never wear anywhere but going to the office?

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