A London private high school is considering a change in dress code that would allow their male students to wear skirts, according to Sunday reports.
Student groups at Highgate School have urged the administration to update their dress code to be more “gender neutral,” reports the Independent.
The new dress code would allow boy students to wear grey pleated skirts. The dress code for female students allows girls to wear pants.
“If they feel happier and more secure in who they are, it must be a good thing. This generation is really questioning being binary in the way we look at things,” Headmaster Adam Pettitt said. He added that the school would discuss the change with parents before making any official modifications to the dress code.
Student groups are also calling for gender-neutral bathrooms, for boys and girls to play on the same sports teams and for teachers to use the gender-neutral pronoun “they.” The groups also want teachers to refrain from using phrases like “man up” and “ladylike.”
Former students from the school have protested the potential change to the dress code, Pettitt added.
“They write in and say if you left children to their own devices they would grow up differently and you are promoting the wrong ideas,” he explained.
A professor at Buckingham University also cautioned the school from implementing a gender neutral dress code.
“Schools need to help young people become comfortable with their identities, not reinforce their anxieties with measures such as gender-neutral uniforms,” Alan Smithers said.
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