Her name is Hollie, and she’s a student at Farragut High School in Knox County, Tenessee.

Hollie, whose grasp of spelling, grammar and the patriarchy is clearly a lot better than mine was when I was a teen, has put together a petition on Change.org in order to protest against the sexist, outdated dress codes applied in US High Schools.

Currently, High Schools can send young women home from school, therefore missing time in class, for sins like exposed collar bones or bare upper arms.

Often, the reason given for these restrictions aren’t to do with a professional dress code, nor are they to do with comfort or safety. In fact, even in 2017, the fact that a strap top is ‘distracting to boys’ is often given as a reason.

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As if that wasn’t bad enough, exposed skin being ‘distracting for male teachers’ is bandied around, without anyone suggesting that if men can’t keep their eyes of a teenage girl they possibly shouldn’t be working in a school environment.

The good news is that Hollie is doing something about the fact that this blatantly sexist double standard is being propagated by educated adults.

On the petition Hollie writes:

‘I have decided to start a petition in protest to the irrationally strict dress code rules in the Knox county school system. The general guidelines for students, majorly females, and the clothes they can wear in this school system is shocking and, frankly, quite disappointing. We cannot ignore the simple truth that clothing stores do not sell a wide variety of shorts for girls that are below fingertip length, if any, so young women are forced to wear long pants and jeans in 90-100 degree weather simply to avoid suspension.

Not only does this present health risks, such as nausea, overheating and even fainting, but it promotes victim blaming in the (unfortunately, extremely prevalent) case of sexual harassment among students. In conversations with many teachers and male students, I have been told time and time again that shorts above fingertip length do not present a distraction in class, disproving the major theoretical excuse for why the fingertip rule is in use.

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