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Melbourne schoolgirls call for sexism as teachers lock them up for their short skirts

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Australian students are sent to detention for their short skirts to ‘distract’ male staff and students – as angry schoolgirls shoot back at ‘sexist’ rules

  • Melbourne schoolgirls scold their school for their ‘sexist’ rules
  • The schools were outraged by the different dress codes for girls’ skirts and boys’ shorts
  • A student was told her short skirt made male teachers uncomfortable
  • Other girls were jailed for wearing short skirts at school

High school students claim they are getting stops about the length of their skirts for “distracting” male teachers.

Some Victorian schools have rules for girls’ uniforms, but not for boys’ uniforms – with penalties for female students for their short skirts.

Female students also complained that they were forced to have the length of their skirts checked, including to make sure they weren’t rolled up to look shorter.

Girls from two Victorian high schools claimed they were told by school staff not to wear short skirts because it would make male teachers uncomfortable

An 11-year-old girl at a school in eastern Melbourne told the Herald Sun she was jailed for wearing a skirt that was too short after being kicked out of her class.

“I was told the reasoning was because it’s ‘distracting to the male staff and students’.” When Mama had something to say about it, they said to her, “I can assure you that was never said,” she said.

She also said teachers have turned up the hems of winter skirts and inspected the tops of girls’ skirts to make sure they have changed.

A student from another school in eastern Melbourne said an assistant teacher told her the length of her skirt distracted male teachers, making them uncomfortable.

“I told them not to look, but I’m still stuck,” she said.

A student teacher at a school in north Melbourne called the college the “sexism” she experienced after saying the outfit she was wearing drew unwanted attention.

A student claimed that teachers turned up the hems of winter skirts and inspected the tops of girls' skirts to see if they had been altered or rolled up

A student claimed that teachers turned up the hems of winter skirts and inspected the tops of girls’ skirts to see if they had been altered or rolled up

Three different schools in Victoria have rules for skirt lengths for female students, but no rules for short lengths for boys.

A spokesperson for the Department of Education stated on behalf of Melbourne schools that policies regarding government school uniforms are set by school councils.

“They should be consistent with department policies and developed in consultation with school communities,” they said.

The criticism came after a Catholic school in Brisbane went wrong after students claimed it enforced a strict dress code during its recent Year 12 formal.

Students were outraged when Mary MacKillop College asked for approval of the photos of the girls’ dresses for their big formal evening.

The school also issued a formal booklet with strict dress codes and had photographic examples of appropriate and inappropriate dresses.

Cleavage, low backs below the waist and high slits were among the forbidden outfits.

But since then, online commentators have shown overwhelming support for the dress regulation, saying that conservative dresses have more class than dresses that look like “swimwear.”

Three different schools in Victoria had skirt-length rules for female students, but no short-length rules for boys

Three different schools in Victoria had skirt-length rules for female students, but no short-length rules for boys

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