13-year-old Grace Villegas saved up her allowance and purchased a pink Charlotte Rousse off-the-shoulder top to wear to school.
She was not expecting a backlash. "I went into school and I received some looks from teachers, just not nice looks," the seventh-grader told Buzzfeed. "Instantly I was like—okay, I’m going to get dress-coded and I felt the need to change.”
Some schools have strict dress codes, particularly for girls, so they don't become sexualized. However, these rules often wind up objectifying female students by bringing attention to their bodies.
This is a familiar double standard for Grace's older sister, Isabella. The 18-year-old helped Grace send a message out to teachers to subvert these sexist regulations.
Isabella (left) and Grace (right) (CREDIT: buzzfeed)
"I made her the white shirt and told her to put it in her locker and if they ever ask her tochange again, to change into that shirt," said Isabella, after being angry at the school for making her younger sister change out of a shirt that was not inappropriate.
In case Grace is subjected to another confrontation about her appearance, she now has an alternative top in her locker. On a plain white t-shirt, Isabella wrote, "Dress code: promotes the objectification and sexualization of young bodies, blames the wearer for the onlooker's perceptions/actions, perpetuates rape culture, is BS."
Isabella posted her handiwork on Twitter. Not everyone was on board with the statement.
Continue on to the next page.