If you were to take one look at Carey Burgess’s outfit here, I think you’d have a hard time finding anything remotely ‘inappropriate’ or even revealing about it. I happen to think it’s a rather cute and stylish outfit and would be thrilled if my daughter went to school wearing it. Unfortunately, one teacher didn’t think that Carey’s outift was cute at all and had no problem calling out her skirt length in the hallway. As a result Carey posted a rant to facebook that has now gone viral and is making everyone (we hope) question misogynist dress codes. Here’s the outfit that Carey wore that had her sent home from school.
Here’s what Carey wrote;
Today, I wore this outfit to Beaufort High School. About 20 minutes into the day, my friend and I were excused from class to venture to the vending machine because our teacher was planning to do nothing all class period, as usual. On our way back, I learned something very important about myself: I am a whore.
As I was walking down the hallway, I heard a voice behind me. “Your skirt is too short. You need to go to in-school suspension and then go home.” Thank you, Mrs. Woods. Thank you for teaching me that looking good for school is NOT appropriate. Thank you for letting me know that while I may think that I am dressing up for my Teacher Cadet lesson, I am in fact dressing to go to a night club or the whore house. Thank you for bringing me to tears in front of my friends and classmates because you do not have the decency to pull me aside and explain the problem. Then again, I did not have the decency to put on real clothes today.
So maybe I am in the wrong. Maybe our society isn’t yet advanced enough to handle 3 inches of my thigh. This is a patriarchal society and I am a woman. I have to be kept in my place, or I may do something that is so rarely seen in Beaufort High School- learn.
You saved me, Beaufort High. As Student Body President, junior marshal, and a recipient of the Palmetto Fellows, I was heading down the path of hard drugs (good thing you’re testing next year!), strip clubs, and sugar daddies. I don’t where I would be without your misogynistic views. How could I go on without a certain math teacher making sexist jokes all class? How could I survive without my science professor letting me know I am an inferior woman? Yes, I am a woman. I am woman with thighs, a butt, and a brain. I am bigger than Beaufort High School. All of us are. Maybe instead of worrying about my skirt, Beaufort High should take notice of its incompetent employees, and sexist leaders.
Can we please stop doing to this to our girls?! Can we please stop justifying the school calling her out in the middle of the hallway because she violated a ‘dress code’ that says her skirt has to be “modest and of sufficient length” and no more than three inches above the knee. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this outfit nor how Carey is wearing it, but there is something wrong with a school system that will call out a student in the middle of a hallway and embarrass her and make her call her mom so she can go home and change.
According to Buzzfeed News, Carey said “I have worn the same skirt at least dozen times and have never had any trouble with it.” Buzzfeed also says that Carey was told she could go home and change after being threatened with in-school suspension to which she said “So, I went to the front office and (rather embarrassingly) cried and called my mom to be sent home.”
Carey said that since her post blew up and went viral, she’s had the opportunity to speak to her Principal Corey Murphy saying “I am very pleased with the principal’s response to the situation; he treated me as an adult and not a rebellious teenager.” The Principal also stated that he found Carey’s outfit to be within dress code.
Carey also told Buzzfeed that the dress code issue was the tip of the iceberg for her and she was also ranting against the sexist environment and remarks from some of the male teachers she’s experienced, “Other remarks like, ‘it’s because you’re a girl,’ or ‘we need a boy to be partners with this girl so she’s not lost,’ are fairly frequent in the classroom,” she said. “Usually I laugh it off or roll my eyes, but one person can only bear so much for so long.”
What do you think Hot Moms? Are you tired of our girls being treated poorly and being told what to wear to school? Do you agree with Carey’s post?