The front-page story (TNT, 5-15) about girls at Mason Middle School petitioning to change the school dress code brought back such memories. In 1968, my school in Illinois, where it can be minus 20 degrees in the winter, prohibited girls from wearing pants to school.
When I was told to "go home and change," I came back in a different pair of pants and was suspended.
The point has not yet sunk in, it seems. Female attire is entirely too much the focus of authoritarian regimes, whether it is the Taliban requiring the wearing of burkhas or the vice principal determining that shoulders are provocative. Why, just this year I had a man I hardly knew comment on my appearance and tell me what I should change.
This is what women put up with and have, sometimes, come to accept. I applaud these young women. I only caution them that they may still be seeking the same kind of change many years from now. It makes me as mad today as it did 47 years ago.
Quit paying so much attention to female appearance and start recognizing intelligence, innovation and the courage to stand up to authority.