When girls at a school in Auckland, New Zealand were told their skirts had to fall below their knees, their principal decided to give the most WTF reason in the history of sexist dress code decrees. According to The Guardian, the school’s deputy principal told them this new rule was intended to “keep our girls safe, stop boys from getting ideas, and create a good work environment for male staff.”
For some reason, singer-songwriter Erykah Badu decided to wade in on the controversy.
Here’s part of what she tweeted:
Twitter snapped back at both the victim-blaming and the implication that all males (even adult males hired to monitor children!) become horny troglodytes who lose self-control and the ability to focus once they see a girls’ exposed thigh. And lest you think that assessment is harsh because neither the principal or Badu explicitly mentions rape, remember their reasoning for the longer skirts is not only about being less of a distraction but also about keeping girls safe.
There’s an article on Vibe about how this generation needed this debate and I agree. It was both thought provoking and refreshing to read some of the comments.
Here are five perfect reactions to the great “short skirt” debate of 2016!
asking women to adjust their actions to compensate for the lack of self-control & “desires of men” is a first commandment of patriarchy
— rougeDouxx (@rougeDouxx) April 12, 2016
Erykah is talking about men ‘biologically being attracted to women as soon as they reach child bearing age’
like men are wildebeests
— DarkSkintDostoyevsky (@daniecal) April 12, 2016
Things that don’t cause rape:
2. Short Skirts
3. Not being a virgin.
Things that cause rape:
— WonderWomanist (@Breliloquy) April 12, 2016
Did Erykah Badu just place the onus on female children, to prevent sexual misconduct in schools?
— Princess Spirulina (@DearLeader10) April 11, 2016
If you are an adult man working amongst adolescent girls & you’re “distracted” by their short skirts get a new job.
— Man Killing Kitty (@5ftanomaly) April 12, 2016