School dress codes, once an accepted -- albeit pretty stupid -- part of educational life, are now being challenged in a variety of awesome ways. Clearly it's important to foster a comfortable learning environment, but the problem with dress codes is that they're typically targeted at female students only; from spaghetti straps to crop tops to even white t-shirts, girls are told to cover up while their male peers are free to dress as they please.
In addition to math, science, and the like, girls in school -- not so much their male counterparts -- are taught that their bodies are something to be ashamed of, and that really isn't cool.
Today (May 26), one female student at Etobicoke School of the Arts in Toronto has taken a giant step towards changing that. When 18-year-old Alexi Halket was sent to the principal's office Monday (May 25) for bearing her midriff, she organized an event for the next day -- her birthday -- that brought the female student body together in a major show of solidarity.
"Wear a bralette, sports bra, short crop top, or bandeau to stand in solidarity against making people (especially those of the female sex) cover their bodies because it's 'offensive' and 'inappropriate,'" Halket wrote on the Facebook event page for "Crop Top Day."
Here are just a few examples of students and supporters (including boys!) that answered Halket's call.
In addition to sparking a dialogue at her own school -- Etobicoke Principal Rob MacKinnon held a discussion with 200 students in the school's library today -- Halket has also found support far and wide across social media.
By the looks of it, Crop Top Day might be sparking a true revolution. As Halket wrote, "The problem isn't what we're wearing and how we express ourselves, it's how society deems our bodies offensive."