By Jonathon Van Maren
A couple of years ago, the Independent reported that 40 secondary schools in England had actually banned girls from wearing skirts to school. Other schools, too, were considering a skirt ban as part of a shift to gender-neutral uniforms that could be considered more inclusive of the ever-growing population of transgender students. Non-conforming students could expect the school to conform to their non-conformity.
A primary school in Scotland has taken precisely the opposite approach, asking both girls and boys to come to school wearing skirts for a day as part of the “Wear a skirt to school” campaign. The cross-dressing initiative is modeled on a similar Spanish campaign (“La ropa no tiene género,” or “Clothes have no gender”) which was launched after a 15-year-old male student was apparently referred to a psychologist after wearing a skirt to school.
The campaign was allegedly student-driven (I wonder where they got their ideas about clothes and gender fluidity from?), but teachers enthusiastically participated. One teacher at Castleview Primary tweeted that “P6 have been learning about the importance of breaking down gender stereotypes,” because you’re never too young to join the revolution and get indoctrinated into gender ideology. The same teacher noted that: “We absolutely do not want to force anyone to wear something they’re not happy with but we’re hoping lots of you will be keen to help spread our important message. Trousers under skirts are allowed!”