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Suit: School Didn't Like Teen's Haircut. Out Came a Sharpie

School staffers said Texas teen's fade haircut violated dress code

(Newser) - A lawsuit against a school district and three white staffers at Texas' Berry Miller Junior High School alleges a dress-code violation ended with a 13-year-old boy being publicly humiliated and subjected to racial discrimination. Per NBC News , Dante Trice and Angela Washington's complaint—which names the Pearland Independent School... More »

Japan's Health Chief on High Heels at Work: 'Necessary'

He's pushing back on artist Yumi Ishikawa's petition against workplace dress requirements

(Newser) - Women across Japan may find workplace dress codes that require high heels to be onerous, but according to the country's chief health official, such mandates are just fine. Reuters reports that Health Minister Takumi Nemoto responded Wednesday to an online campaign started by artist Yumi Ishikawa that pushes back... More »

They Made Her Wear Heels to Work. So She Started #KuToo

Artist Yumi Ishikawa is leading campaign to ban high heels requirements in the workplace

(Newser) - Workplace dress codes can be annoying, but in Japan, there's a crusade to get rid of one mandate in particular, and it comes with its own hashtag: #KuToo. CNN notes the campaign and hashtag—a play on two words meaning "shoes" and "pain," and meant to... More »

NYT Reporter Gets Creative With Trump Event's Dress Code

Annie Karni wore her wedding dress

(Newser) - New York Times reporter Annie Karni was getting ready to head to Japan to cover President Trump's visit there when she found out about the dress code for one of the events she'd be attending—and she had to scramble to pack just the right thing, per Sky... More »

School's Dress Code for Parents Called 'Belittling'

It bans satin caps, shower caps, hair rollers, Daisy Dukes, pajamas

(Newser) - It's not the students who are irritated about a new dress code at a Houston high school. These students wear uniforms , and the new rules apply to their parents. According to James Madison High School, parents and other guests will not be permitted in "sagging pants," Daisy... More »

Mom Blasts 'Blackly Naked' Butts of Notre Dame Students

Mother's letter to student paper calls out 'legging problem' on campus

(Newser) - A woman who IDed herself as a "Catholic mother of four sons" called out "a problem that only girls can solve" in a letter Monday to the University of Notre Dame's student newspaper—but her note is having the opposite effect of what she wanted. In her... More »

After Outcry, School Ditches Plan for 'Modesty Ponchos'

Ponchos were to be forced on girls who wore 'inappropriate' dresses to prom

(Newser) - After the plan sparked controversy, Divine Child High School says it will no longer force "modesty ponchos" on girls who attend prom on May 12 in a dress that doesn't meet the Catholic school's dress code, the AP reports. The plan made headlines after the ponchos were... More »

School's Alleged Threat: Dye Hair or Get Out

Japanese student suing over physical, mental anguish

(Newser) - A high school student has filed a lawsuit calling attention to strict dress codes in Japan—but her complaint doesn't actually involve clothes. The 18-year-old says administrators at Kaifukan High School in Osaka threatened to expel her in 2015 if she didn't dye her hair black, then kicked... More »

Bikini Baristas Sue City Over 'Anal Cleft' Ordinance

Everett, Wash., has essentially outlawed the bikini barista

(Newser) - A group of bikini baristas say they have a right to bare their midriffs, and they're fighting the city of Everett, Wash., in order to keep it that way. At issue are two ordinances passed last month and effective as of last Tuesday that bar "quick-service" facility employees... More »

School Sends Boy, 4, Home for Long Locks

His mother says the policy is 'trivial'

(Newser) - When Jessica Oates sent her 4-year-old son to his first day of kindergarten in the Houston area, she hadn't yet signed a letter stating that his shoulder-length hair, which has never been cut, is long for cultural or religious reasons. Part Cocopah Indian, Oates tells Inside Edition that long... More »

White Parents Fight Dress Code They Say Targets Black Girls

'When our daughters walk with us, they have our white privilege'

(Newser) - When twins Mya and Deanna Cook got permission to get braided hair extensions last spring, their white parents Aaron and Colleen Cook say it was in part to let their adopted daughters celebrate their black heritage. But it didn't take long for the 16-year-old students at Mystic Valley Regional... More »

Saudi Police Arrest Woman in Miniskirt Video

She ignited a debate on Twitter after her post

(Newser) - Police in Saudi Arabia have arrested a young woman who wore a miniskirt in public and who had posted the video online, sparking an outcry from people who say she flagrantly violated the kingdom's conservative Islamic dress code. Saudi Arabia's state-run TV reported Tuesday that police in the... More »

After Uproar, House Will 'Modernize' Dress Code

Critics say it's only selectively enforced

(Newser) - After some uproar about how the House of Representatives enforces its dress code, Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday he and the House sergeant-at-arms will work to update it. The dress code calls for professional attire in the House chamber and the Speaker's lobby, and some female journalists have recently... More »

Senior Brings the Sass to Her Yearbook Quote

'I'm sorry, did my shoulders distract you from reading this quote?'

(Newser) - Senior yearbook quotes are by and large boring inspirational sayings gleaned from a quick Google search. But Tori DiPaolo, a senior at West Milford High School in New Jersey, wanted to make a point: That what she (and all the other girls) at her school were asked to wear for... More »

Someone Complained to Mall Security About Her Outfit

A Finding Dory tank top, and cutoff jean shorts...

(Newser) - A woman wearing nude-colored flats, a Finding Dory tank top, and cutoff jean shorts was kicked out of a mall in Michigan on Saturday for breaking dress code—even though it was 90 degrees outside. So Hannah Pewee took to Facebook to share her version of what happened at Woodland... More »

United's Leggings Decision Backfires on Social Media

Girls were barred from boarding

(Newser) - United Airlines got embroiled in a social media controversy about leggings over the weekend. On Sunday, a gate agent in Denver refused to allow three girls to board a flight to Minneapolis because their leggings were deemed inappropriate, reports the New York Times . One of the three was able to... More »

7-Year-Old Bowler Wins, Gets Disqualified Over His Pants

They weren't black enough, but there's kind of a happy ending

(Newser) - A 7-year-old bowler in Canada just learned a tough lesson about rules, or pants, or ... something. After Grayson Powell bowled a terrific game and prepared to collect a gold medal with two teammates, he was told he was disqualified for wearing pants that weren't black enough. So reports the... More »

Boy Says Cheer Skirts Led to Impure Thoughts. Then It Got Messy

Cheerleaders at Timpview High School say they were told not to wear them

(Newser) - The message from cheerleaders at Utah's Timpview High School is a less than cheerful one: "I kind of felt like it's the school almost supporting a rape culture," a cheerleader tells Fox 13 . The girls say the situation began when a male student complained to a... More »

Girl's First Day at New School Ruined by Pair of Leggings

A mother is irate after her 11-year-old was punished for wearing a tunic and leggings

(Newser) - It's safe to say that 11-year-old Bella's first day of middle school in Lansing, Kan., didn't go according to plan. Just after 8am last Wednesday she texted her mother, Kimberly Jones, to say that she "got dress coded" and had to wear sweatpants over her flowered... More »

Tourism Minister to Women: Avoid Short Skirts While Visiting India

But it's not a dress code, he clarifies

(Newser) - Visiting India? According to the country's tourism minister, foreign women shouldn't wear short dresses or skirts while there. They also shouldn't walk alone at night. Both of those tips are included in the safety advice given to women in a welcome kit tourists receive when they enter... More »

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