School sends girls home for wearing off the shoulder shirts, so boys show up wearing them too.

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School sends girls home for wearing off the shoulder shirts, so boys show up wearing them too.

Many fashion followers know that off-the-shoulder tops are all the rage now. But at San Benito High School in Hollister, California, the boys wear them as much as the girls do.

But the boys are doing less for style and more for substance, making a political statement. The school administration is enforcing a dress code banning girls from wearing the shirts, sending about 5 girls and two boys home on the first day of school on August 14.

The school’s dress code has always prohibited off-the-shoulder shirts, but haven’t enforced the rule until this year.

Students together decided to protest this, especially since many call the ban sexist, saying dress codes unintentionally sexualize girls by saying they are a distraction to male students. Others believe dress codes target more women than men, putting more of a burden on female students.

Regardless of where they stand on the issue, the school has decided to open up a dialogue with students to make dress codes more consistent and equitable.

No matter what emerges, both girls and boys protesting together made a powerful statement about solidarity and working side by side to open up discussion and debate.

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