A Mom Reacts to “Sexist” School Permission Slip

Published On May 21, 2015 | By Cordell Green | Blogs, Country Mornings, Mornings


When Jennifer Smith’s son brought home a permission slip for a sixth-grade pool party, she was surprised to read a stipulation that she considered “body shaming.” Is it? Read and judge…

“All girls must wear a non-white T-Shirt over their swimsuit.”

Jennifer found that entirely offensive and sexist. And stated so on the return permission slip.  Smith told The Huffington Post, “They’re saying little girls need to be ashamed of their bodies and cover themselves up.”

The slip also said Speedos would not be allowed.

After complaining, the school explained that there had been inappropriate swimwear at past parties and that they wanted to help students who may be uncomfortable not covering themselves. The T-shirt rule was also an economic consideration for families who couldn’t afford a one piece suit. As a result of the complaint, the school changed the slip to make the T-Shirts optional.

The pool part was held on Monday.  No girls wore a T-shirt.

What do you think? Is this a form of body shaming? Or was it a justified request by the school?

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