When I was in high school, I remember only seeing girls ridiculed for their tank tops or shorts. But the boys were able to walk by the deans revealing their boxers while sagging their pants or wearing tank tops, and with ease! So I can understand the frustration of the students at Tottenville High School in Staten Island.
With a new school year, a new dress code was enforced. This dress code bans tank tops, short-shorts, miniskirts, leggings, skinny jeans, ... Read More
BY Mariana Garces
on Sep 10, 2014
If you're going to pick one, The Prettiots are just the band you would want to write a brutally honest ode to all the dummies you dated in high school. Made up of spunky front woman Kay Kasparhauser, Rachel Trachtenburg (of Supercute!) and Lulu Prat (Tangiers), the New York based band is a bit of uke-pop, indie, and pop rock rolled into one cute package, with some serious attitude.
The video for "Boys (I dated in high school)", directed by noted ... Read More
BY Gwen Berumen
on Jul 01, 2014
Maya Peterson of Lawrenceville School was forced to step down as the first female black and Latina student president after some pictures of her mocking ‘typical white classmates’ emerged online.
Lawrenceville is the most expensive prep school in the United States. It is located in New Jersey and one year's tuition costs about $35,000. It has some pretty successful alumni, too, including CEOs Michael Eisner and Lewis Bernard, many senators and the ... Read More
on Jun 21, 2014
In an age where feminism is often misunderstood and demonized as a movement for female “man haters,” this progressive high school teacher finally decided to take matters into her own hands and reeducate her students about the true meaning of the word. The students responded so positively to the course that 7 of the boys in her class decided to make a video (shown below), in which they proudly declare themselves feminists.
Even though the course ... Read More
BY Emily Robinson
on May 30, 2014
For the girls of Wasatch High School, dress code shaming doesn’t end with complaints about “too tight” leggings and “distracting” short skirts. Their 2013-2014 yearbook will be a constant reminder that their personal choice of clothes that day were too revealing for their high school administration to handle.
The girls’ yearbooks photos were edited to cover more skin, without warning or consent from any of the students. ... Read More
on May 19, 2014
Our media culture is so totally awash with scripted depictions of the high school experience, that it's a little uncomfortable how obsessed we are with such an awkward and confusing time in our lives. The list is truly extensive: 90210, Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill, Friday Night Lights, Saved By The Bell, The OC, Awkward, Freaks and Geeks, Glee, Mean Girls, Clueless, The Breakfast Club, Never Been Kissed, to name a few (I'm sure you have some in mind to ... Read More
BY Mary Rockcastle
on May 15, 2014
I’ve got beef, and it’s with school dress codes. Mostly with the notion that the amount of shoulder a girl is showing is going to be so distracting to boys that they won’t be able to focus on learning. Hello -- if you, high school boys, get so hot and bothered looking at a girl’s shoulder that you can’t focus on trigonometry, then we all have far bigger problems than inherited standards of "risqué dress."
It’s obvious ... Read More
BY Tess Duncan
on Apr 16, 2014
Ever since I became a full-fledged fangirl for Tweens, I’ve been dying to hear anything and everything from the trashy punk-rock Cincinnati trio. Their doo-wop-inspired songs and teenage angst-y lyrics will make you want to dance your heart out and then crash your ex-boyfriend’s house party. Now they’ve released a video for “Forever,” a garage-pop track about feeling just a little anxious about commitment. Though the video is far from ... Read More
Normally, girls are expected to nod along to sexist dress codes and edicts, but such is not the case with Marion Mayer, a high school junior in Florida. When her principal, a Mr. Martinez of Lakeland Senior High School, admonished “Modest is hottest. Boys will be boys,” she saw flawed lines of thinking and exposed them for the global public, engaging us in a much needed conversation via The Huffington Post about rape culture and ... Read More
BY Katie Fustich
on Nov 15, 2013
Unlike the rest of his peers, high school senior Jeydon Loredo will not be appearing in the La Feria School District yearbook. Why? Because Jeydon, who identifies as male, is wearing a tuxedo in his picture.
The tuxedo is standard wear for every other boy being photographed, but according to the school district, Jeydon's photo in particular does not meet "community standards." Wait...what? Can someone send a memo to these people that it's 2013?
Stella ... Read More