A primary school in Scotland urged male and female students and teachers to wear skirts to class to “promote equality,” according to the New York Post.
“We want our school to be inclusive and promote equality,” explained an email from Castleview Primary School in Edinburgh, Scotland. Boys as young as 3-years-old were asked to participate, the Daily Mail reported. Skirts were offered to students who don’t currently own them, so that they could wear skirts.
“We’re keen to spread the message that clothes don’t have a gender and that we should all be free to express ourselves as we choose,” teachers wrote to parents, according to the Daily Mail.
The announcement came in response to protests in Spain after a teenage boy wore a skirt to a school in northwest Spain, and was sent to a psychologist as a result, and expelled from school. In November 2020, male students and teachers in the county wore skirts to school in support of the student, and Nov. 4 is now known as “wear a skirt to school day.”
“Today is ‘wear a skirt to school day’ in Spain and this year Castleview Primary in Edinburgh are [sic] encouraging staff and pupils to take part to ‘break down gender stereotypes’ and ‘promote equality,’” the BBC said in a Nov. 4 tweet.
Responses to the tweet ranged from opposition to the school celebrating “wear a skirt to school day” to people applauding it.
“My son goes to this school and decided he wanted to wear a skirt in support," one parent said. "These kids should be praised not frowned on. I can’t believe the vile single-minded comments that some people have made. These kids and the school are amazing and cover lots of topics."
“‘Wear a skirt to school day’ staff and pupils encouraged to take part [in] ‘break[ing] down gender stereotypes’ and ‘promote equality;’ they’re to be praised so the boys and staff who won’t wear a skirt to school today to promote equality, will they be frowned on?” asked another parent on Twitter.
The Edinburgh city council said the city is “fully committed to promoting equality.”
“As Scotland’s capital city we are fully committed to promoting equality and diversity, and are keen to increase respect, tolerance, and understanding, especially in our schools,” a Council representative said.
Though the new “wear a school to skirt day” is celebrated in some European nations, it is not yet observed in schools in America.
But during the Obama Administration, some male cadets complained that they were forced to wear high heels. The Washington Times reported that U.S. Army ROTC cadets at Arizona State University expressed frustration about their allegedly compulsory participation in the event “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes." They complained that they were forced to walk in high heels for the event designed to raise awareness for sexual assault against women on college campuses. Endorsed by the U.S. Army, ROTC encouraged cadets to volunteer their time and participate in the event. But students at ASU said participation there was not voluntary.
“Attendance is mandatory and if we miss it, we get a negative counseling and a ‘does not support the battalion sharp/EO mission’ on our CDT OER for getting the branch we want," one cadet said. "So I just spent $16 on a pair of high heels that I have to spray paint red later on only to throw them in the trash after about 300 of us embarrass the U.S. Army tomorrow."
A skirt-wearing boy in Loudoun County, Va. was recently found guilty of sexual assault in juvenile court for anally raping a girl in a school restroom. Prior to the school board's passage of a transgender bathroom policy, the school superintendent falsely claimed there was no record of sexual assaults in school bathrooms. The superintendent had inaccurately stated, "We don’t have any record of assaults occurring in our restrooms." But the sexual assault by the skirt-wearing boy had already occurred.
Hans Bader practices law in Washington, D.C. After studying economics and history at the University of Virginia and law at Harvard, he practiced civil-rights, international-trade, and constitutional law. He also once worked in the Education Department.