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A High School In Illinois’ Prom Dress Code Has Been Accused Of Body Shaming


An Illinois Catholic high school has recently been reprimanded because of their 21-slide presentation that describes acceptable prom attire. Acceptable according to the Boylan high school.

The slides in the presentation show what dresses are allowed and which are not.

Apparently, the girls are not allowed to wear dresses that have low necklines and reveals cleavage. Skirts shouldn’t be above the mid-thigh.

The school guide is being called out for body shaming, as the guide reads,  “Some girls may wear the same dress, but due to body types, one dress may be acceptable while the other is not”.

So basically, a dress that’s fine to wear if you’re skinny will be bad to wear if you are a bit larger.

To make matters worse, only two slides are dedicated to the male dress code. On those two slides are four pictures and a single sentence.

The students were made aware of the dress code in January, according to Boylan senior Alex Symonds.

“The school took the girls and the boys into two separates rooms to give them the same presentation. But the girls’ presentation started off badly”, she said.

“All the girls immediately booed the teacher, which was really awful,” Symonds said, adding that the teacher “did say some offensive stuff.”

“One girl wearing one dress is not the same as another girl wearing the same dress,” the teacher said, according to the senior.

One of her classmates stood up and told the teacher, “That’s body-shaming.”

Symonds stated that this guide caused more confusion and made it tricky to figure out what to wear. “There’s just so much about the girls,” she said. “It’s hard to pick out a dress.”

Obviously, the enraged students found a platform to air their concerns on Twitter. With Tweets like

If enough people RSVP we will rent a place, dj, and anything else we can think of!

What not to wear

She agreed that senior students were given a similar guide last year, but said that it has now been expanded. “Originally, it wasn’t long at all,” she said. “It was more of a Word document than a slideshow.”

“The dress code isn’t new, said Amy Ott, president of the private Catholic school. “It was developed two years ago by a committee made up of teachers and students who consulted dress codes that existed at other Catholic schools across the country,” she said.

Meanwhile, in contrast to what you, might expect, the parents, instead of being angry, are supporting this because the code helps them choose something that “is both elegant and appropriate.”

“As a private Catholic high school, we adhere to teaching our students moral values which include modesty,” she said. “We want all students to feel beautiful in what they wear while also adhering to our values as a Catholic school.”

As for Symonds, she’s cutting out the dress shops and will go to Jo-Ann Fabrics and make her own dress. “That way it’s less complicated,” she said.

What do you think, does the school have a right to dictate how the girls should dress for prom? Did they go about it in the right way? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.


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