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UK Schools Ban Too Short Uniform Skirts

Back to School Brings Ban on Short Skirts in UK

By sixth grade, I had mastered the art of rolling my uniform skirt. I never went too far — two rolls were enough to bring it above the knee and avoid being consumed by the industrial plaid material.

UK school administers think today's girls are out of control, and some schools are mandating skirts that cannot be customized. One school sends this letter to parents: "The length of your daughter's skirt is such that she spends a great deal of time pulling it down. It detracts her attention from the learning process."

Of course, parents can send their daughters out of the house with a skirt of a decent length, but that won't stop them from shortening them with the rolling technique. To avoid this, schools take more drastic measures, such as banning skirts all together and making female pupils wear pants.


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A Scottish schoolmaster gathered up girls to tell them their too-short skirts were encouraging inappropriate thoughts among boys and he mentioned a recent anti-rape ad. Reasonably, vaguely blaming the girls for their hypothetical rapes has caused a backlash.

While my experience makes me think this problem is nothing new, a quote from a teacher has me questioning if it might be more extreme today: "It is getting worse, and the skirts are getting so high that male teachers are constantly saying they are embarrassed by the sight of female underwear."

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David-Band David-Band 6 years
I can agree that the dress as shown in the picture on this article could be deemed as inappropriate for girls to wear as school uniform mainly due to the roll-top stockings which accompany the short skirt but while standards of discipline and behaviour are important for pupils while they learn at school, some more rational thinking needs to take place with regards to girls' school uniform. I personally feel that girls shouldn't wear make-up and should only wear studs or sleepers as earings but some leniency needs to be given about skirts and sensible stockings wear. I fully support measures to protect children from sexual predators BUT I don't agree that it's necessarily because some girls wear short skirts. Around 20% of the girls from a South London comprehensive not far from where I live wear short skirts with ankle length socks during the summer largely for comfort during warm weather more than fashion, whereas the other girls may wear the same length skirts or longer with stockings or trousers. Occasionally I've noticed one or two school-girls wearing a short skirt and roll-top stockings similar to the photograph above which I feel is inappropriate for school and could encourage unwanted attention by males. I just think we have to be sensible about this and not go too far banning certain lengths of skirts but at the same time discourage provocative dress. I feel that girls can still look appropriate if they wear a short skirt providing they dress sensibly and smartly. David
Venus1 Venus1 6 years
Most of us in the UK have been there if we are honest. Life goes on and we get over it. There are more important issues for schools to concentrate on.
stephley stephley 6 years
My school measured skirts. I've seen some here at schools in Southern California where you get a clear view of a girl's posterior if she leans forward the slightest bit. I don't see why schools bring up boys' naughty thoughts or anything else - it's simply tacky to show your bum at school. I don't like the idea of mandating pants for girls, I'd rather see them simply kept as an option.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 6 years
Oh my god, I almost peed myself when I read this. If you have ever been to Great Britain or Ireland, you'll understand. The clothes of the girls there are SO SHORT! They don't wear anything unless it exposes their gluteal fold and half of their nipples. This goes for anyone over 200 lbs, as well. (even though I applaud their courage, sort of) When I went out there, sometimes all I could do was sit and stare, speechlessly. lol
totygoliguez totygoliguez 6 years
Having a dress-code is not abnormal. In my high school it wasn't allow to wear spaghetti straps, short-shorts, etc. Don't see the big deal.
soapbox soapbox 6 years
I went to catholic school and when I first bought the skirt, it's about knee length. But if you actually wore it at that length, you'd be outcasted. So most girls hemmed their skirts and then rolled them. But I don't think I've ever seen anyone shorten their skirt to the point where you were able to see their underwear.
gingirl gingirl 6 years
Stephley, my school actually did the ruler thing. We had to kneel on the ground and if our skirts were shorter than however-many-inches off the floor, we got in trouble. But I think my school was stricter than most; I once got sent home for wearing red tights (didn't understand until I was older that it was because red used to be the color of prostitution, but really?). And we wore running shorts underneath ours as well. They should enforce it better, but it is NEVER ok to victim blame.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 6 years
What runningesq said!! :D I've always been curious as to why school uniform skirts were so short in the first place, even before being rolled up. Why not have the girls wear tea-length or even ankle-length skirts? They're comfy, not distracting, and can be worn with leggings or tights in the winter.
dreamalittledream dreamalittledream 6 years
As a former Catholic school girl, it was all about boxers. We spent so much on Joe Boxers etc because it was the cool thing to roll your skirt up so people could see your boxers. haha it was silly, thinking back, but harmful? Not really
runningesq runningesq 6 years
Skirts should absolutely be an appropriate length for school aged girls, but: WHAT YOU WEAR DOES NOT ENCOURAGE RAPE! Victim blaming much?! Good god.
stephley stephley 6 years
So mandate an appropriate length & keep rulers handy. Girls underwear shouldn't show at school, and neither should boys.
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