Thursday, 3 June 2010
Walking home from school
An everyday scene of a boy and a girl walking home together. In the 2020s and 2030s, most schools changed their uniform regulations to allow boys to wear skirts and tights. This was done in the interests of sexual equality.
But a couple of decades later, society had already moved on. Girls refused to wear skirts – “skirts are for BOYS!” was the scornful complaint – whereas for boys, who came under tremendous social pressure, they became usual. Boys who wouldn’t wear skirts were often mercilessly bullied by girls until they gave in. Surprisingly quickly, the demarcation of trousers for girls, skirts for boys was codified into school rules and became as rigid as the opposite arrangement had once been.
Many boys had resisted wearing ‘feminine’ styles for as long as possible, but the change of school regulations made this basically impossible.