Students at Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego are protesting a new anti-skirt policy that is supposed to encourage “modesty” and prevent male teachers from feeling “uncomfortable” while addressing violations.
Kevin Calkin, the principal at Cathedral Catholic High School, sent Yahoo Lifestyle a copy of the new policy, created as a last resort for students who don’t adhere to the knee-length minimum: “… The most significant change is that skirts will no longer be an option for girls. Dress code is a perennial challenge. The dress code exists for at least three good reasons: to foster unity, to encourage modesty, and to minimize pressure to conform to particular styles or clothing brands. Basically we hope to foster a faith-based environment where students are focused on learning and not on outward appearances.”
And of course, there’s the obligatory nod to transgenders: “A school spokesperson tells Yahoo Lifestyle the revised dress code is a gender equalizer.”
I suppose it’s an improvement that this school is now hiring males who prefer girls to boys, but the new dress code seems eerily slilar to the Muslim requirement that females drape themselves in curtains lest they stir the loins of their randy masters.
“Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil” comes to mind, though perhaps St. Augustine’s anguished prayer of lust might be more appropriate: “Lord, make me chaste, but not until the end of term”.