7 Eye-Rollingly Sexist Prom Policies

You’ve poured years of hard work and determination into your high school education. You’ve thought carefully about what to wear to your prom to express your truest self. You’re ready to have the best night of your young life and what happens? Your school says you can’t go to prom because they don’t approve of your outfit.

As we well know schools love to police girls’ bodies, so sexist prom policies predictably rear their ugly heads every year. But it drives us crazy every time. Do boys ever get reprimanded for their attire or told what to wear to the big dance? It’s safe to say it happens rarely, if ever. Take a look below to see seven of the most eye-rollingly sexist prom policies we’ve come across.

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Stephanie hails from Toronto, Canada. She is a Ms. writer, a master of journalism candidate and a hip hop dancer/instructor/choreographer. She got her start in feminist journalism at the age of 16 when she was a member of the first editorial collective at Shameless magazine—and she has never looked back.