More than 100 teenagers wore skirts to school to protest rules that they labeled “sexist”.
Students at the Collège Nouvelles Frontières in Quebec, Canada are furious that girls have to make sure their skirts are four inches above the knee, but there are no dress codes for boys.
They said their protest was in support of women’s rights as the girls are usually forced to be ashamed of the bodies.
Zachary Paulin posted a photo of himself in a skirt with five other students on Instagram, showing the rule of society’s “double standards”.
He said: “The fact that a boy wears a skirt is a sign of resilience, solidarity and support for the intersectional struggle for gender equality.
“The double standard in the way society views our women and men is evident. When a woman chooses to wear a suit or pants, clothing associated with masculinity, it’s no big deal.
“But the moment a man does something remotely feminine, be it nail polish, makeup, or in our case a skirt, the fingers are shown and he is insulted. People will say that he is not a real man and.. they will do it automatically. ” embrace his sexuality.
“Also, the skirt is sometimes used in private schools to abuse dress codes and discriminate against girls for no reason.
“Aggressors will excuse their actions by unnecessarily sexualizing women and blaming YOU for YOUR actions.
“So when we wear a skirt we are united and united against the sexualization of women and send a message against toxic masculinity that prevents boys from being who they really are without judgment.
“We are in 2020, we should be open-minded: and everyone is fighting against discrimination, homophobia and sexism. That is what our skirts represent.”
His post drew more than 4,000 likes and hundreds of comments from people who applauded his stance.
Zachary told CBC he was surprised at the outcome of the protest.
“I knew it was going to be a big move, but not that big,” he said.
“I was positively surprised.”
The school posted a statement on its Facebook page stating: “The college supports and congratulates the students involved in the solidarity movement against LGBT students against stereotypical gender roles and against the hypersexualization of girls.
“This is directly related to our values, our respect, our self-esteem and our openness. Nouvelles Frontières would like to support you in this positive approach and congratulate you on your gesture of solidarity.”