High School Prom Asks, Creepily, "Are You Going to Be a Good Girl?"
"Going to Stanton prom? Yes you are. Good girl," is what a photo reads that's tacked to the bulletin board next to three others that read, "Going to Stanton prom? No you're not."
The four pictures show four differently tailored prom dresses on the bodies of four girls. The three more revealing dresses are next to the statement, "No you're not." The more conservative dress features the statement, "Good girl."
Good thing they told us a week before prom it's not like everyone has their dress already....... pic.twitter.com/3nOKhSTu4R— Lily (@LILwillingham) March 27, 2017
Stanton College Preparatory School in Jackson, Fla. — which is ranked fourth in the region and eighth in the country for most challenging high schools — is officially 'slut-shaming' girls, suggesting there are "good" and "bad" girls.
"We all know that school dress codes are laced with misogyny, but to assign morality to the way a girl decides to dress herself by the use of the phrase 'good girl' is to disregard her intelligence, her character and her humanity," junior student Chisom Ukoha told Cosmopolitan. "I'm disappointed in the message our administration chose to convey."
The photos, that were posted by the administration on Monday, have since become a trending topic and Twitter hashtag, #SCPGoodGirl, with one student's message receiving more than 25,000 retweets.
Many attending the prom, which is scheduled for Saturday, already have dresses, and were not made aware of the dress code. But they're not alone in their anger. Parents and alumni alike are banding together wearing purples and whites — the colors of feminism during the suffragette movement — to show their support for those victimized females, Cosmopolitan reports.
"The school expects us to cover our bodies and comply to their rules of modesty to keep other people from being uncomfortable. For some girls a leg slit is their way of flaunting the parts of them that make them feel confident, and the posters made it seem like that didn’t fit the good girl standard," senior Allie Robertson told Cosmopolitan. "They have a very outdated view of women that makes it seem like the only way you can be 'good' is to not embrace your own individuality."
Since the school administration has issued a formal apology:
The display of prom dress photos at Stanton College Prep is not appropriate or an approved policy. Images were removed on Mon. #SCPgoodgirl— DCPS (@DuvalSchools) March 28, 2017
Schools trying to enforce dress codes that tell women what to do with their bodies is another example of how establishments are taking control of women's rights and their bodies.
"I was kind of shocked at what I had just read," senior and editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, Lily Tehrani, told Cosmopolitan. "I understand that there's a dress code at Stanton, but the addition of 'good girl' was unnecessary and condescending. It's insulting to all the intelligent girls at our school who really look forward to this one night to really feel beautiful."
Photo Credit: Twitter/ @LILwillingham