teens are pushing back against sexist dress codes

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Eight days before Shelton High School’s prom, students were shocked by an announcement: backless dresses and those with cutouts would be unacceptable, according to NBC Connecticut. Of course, no amendments were made to the event rules for men’s attire.

As Shelton High School Superintendent Freeman Burr told NBC on Tuesday, administrators want girls “to be dressed appropriately — appropriately with class and dignity, and also dressed in a tasteful way.” But who exactly is the dress code meant to benefit?

“As is the case with most dress codes, scandalized school administrations are reserving their ire for the female students — there is curiously no code about how much skin male prom-goers can show,” the Guardian‘s Jessica Valenti wrote Thursday. “And like most puritanical nonsense directed at young women these days — the concern is not for the girls, but for the lust their dresses might inspire in others.” Continue reading…

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nigerian army ‘rescues 200 girls and 93 women’ in strike against boko haram

Women and girls are still captives and prizes of war. When will this end?

Nigeria’s military has claimed to have rescued 200 girls and 93 women from a notorious Boko Haram stronghold, but an army official said they were not those kidnapped from Chibok a year ago.

“Troops have this afternoon captured & destroyed three camps of terrorists inside the Sambisa forest & rescued 200 girls & 93 women,” defence spokesman Chris Olukolade said in a text message on Tuesday, referring to the area in north-east Borno state where the Islamists have bases.

Olukolade gave no indication as to how long it would take for the hostages to be identified, although an army spokesman said they were not from Chibok.

Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the abduction of 276 girls from a secondary school in Chibok, also in Borno, on 14 April last year. Fifty seven girls escaped within hours of the attack but 219 remained in captivity. Read more…

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‘You Are Beautiful’ Is a Global Campaign to Share Women’s Portraits and Authentic Stories

Over the weekend, we were thrilled to came across a couple of articles featuring different body positive campaigns. While we as a society are still combating complicated and deeply ingrained ideals of beauty that have been carefully cultivated into a booming industry, it’s becoming more and more common for women who are all kinds of sizes to push back against that one-definition ideal. The result is a countless – and ever-growing – number of body positive grassroots movements.

Join the movement; value yourself and help those around you do the same. We’re each too precious to spend huge chunks of our lives tearing ourselves down.