High School Students Plan To Protest Dress Code Banning Yoga Pants
On September 2, students from Cape Cod Regional Technical High School will stage a boycott against the school's new dress code, which prohibits female students from wearing yoga pants to class.
A Facebook page created for the boycott, called “First Day = Yoga Pants,” calls for students to arrive on the first day of school sporting the exercise pants in protest of the new rule.
More than 200 students confirmed their planned attendance thus far.
According to school officials, the dress code — the new version of which goes into effect at the start of the 2015-2016 school year — aims to teach students how to appropriately dress in an office setting.
Yoga pants and leggings wouldn't be appropriate in the workplace, they argue, so they shouldn't be worn to school, either.
Students, however, claim the motivations for the new dress code are less politically correct.
Senior class president Seana Aiolupotea told Cape Cod Times,
I think they're making the rules because boys are becoming distracted. [But] we're not wearing [yoga pants] to get attention from people; we're wearing them to be comfortable.
An event organizer reiterated this suspicion on Facebook, adding,
On the event page, one female student wrote of the boycott,
We can't help [that] we were born girls and we shouldn't have to pay for it either because boys can't 'control' themselves.
Cape Cod Regional Technical High School is the latest in a string of schools that banned yoga pants and implemented dress codes seemingly designed to mask the "distracting" female figure.
See the newscast below for more on the upcoming protest.