Charles Orlando: I dropped my kids off at school this morning, and was greeted with a call from the school office no more than three minutes later. The woman on the other end of the line was irritated and annoyed ... with ME.
"Mr. Orlando? I have Jordan [my 11-year-old daughter] in the office here. She is wearing clothing that is inappropriate for school. I'll need you to pick her up and have her change before returning to the campus."
Confused, I hung a U-turn, my mind whirring, trying to remember what she had been wearing that morning. Did I miss something and she threw her modesty to the wind, midriff exposed for the entire fifth grade class to see? Jordan is feisty ... but most assuredly not trying to be "sexy." By the time I reached the school, I'd remembered that she had on a normal (read: mid-thigh) pair of shorts, and a short-sleeved shirt that covered her torso completely.
I pulled into the parking lot, and was greeted with kids in fifth through eight grade making their way into school. As I approached the office, I noticed girls in "P.E. uniforms" (but the shorts looked like Daisy Dukes to me), and boys wearing the style du jour -- athletic gear or baggy clothing ... either of which were hanging so low, their underwear (not boxers -- briefs) were in full view of anyone behind them.
I entered the office, and there sat my little girl ... confused as to why she wasn't allowed in school. Ahead of me in line was an eighth grade girl asking why SHE was being sent home for a bra strap showing (one inch of which was visible outside her tank top). After I reached the woman behind the counter, I learned that Jordan's shorts were "1/2 an inch too high on her legs." Rather than debate the hypocrisy I had just witnessed, I signed Jordan out and left.
What gives? Why are we allowing boys to dress like slobs, underwear showing, referring to girls as "bitches" (as I heard at least twice when walking up to the office), while girls must toe the line, measure their shorts with a microscope, and be wary of a rogue bra strap?
|Charles Orlando is a life coach and the author of "The Problem with Women... is Men: The Evolution of a Man's Man to a Man of Higher Consciousness". When he's not cooking breakfast-in-bed for his wife, or playing Guitar Hero with his kids, he can be found blogging at theproblemwithwomenismen.com.|