It’s not often you hear about women being criticized for wearing skirts that are too long. But that’s exactly what happened to one French teen, who was barred from attending class because her ankle-length maxi-skirt was deemed a “provocation.”
The 15-year-old Muslim student was twice kept from class earlier this month because the head teacher considered her long skirt too religious by the standards of France’s secularity laws.
The internet responded by deeming the decision ridiculous and the ensuing outrage spawned the hashtag #JePorteMaJupeCommeJeVeux, translated into English as “I wear my skirt as I please.”
Much as I don’t like Muslims invading Europe through lax immigration policies, I admire their holding to their faith, in the face of rabid secularist ideology.
But I hate both the secularist French regime AND most of those protesting on social media, who are framing this in feminist terms (“I’ll wear my skirt as I please”, which can also mean as short as one pleases, too); some explicitly:
Wear a short skirt and you're "asking for it", wear a long skirt and you're a threat to secularism. Go figure. #JePorteMaJupeCommeJeVeux
— Tonicha Upham (@ColdBrightDay) April 28, 2015
Fortunately, there are some saner voices (even if alas, they use the same bloody hashtag):
— Dômes & Minarets (@domes_minarets) April 30, 2015
— Portuguesa ✨ (@DouradoElsa) April 30, 2015