Friday, 20 February 2009
at 9:56 am by Anna
When I enroled my daughter at a Catholic school, I signed up for the gendered uniform system, so I don't have much right to complain.
I was still a bit nonplussed, though, when my daughter passed on what she'd been told at school: girls are to wear stockings or school-issued red shorts under their pinafores, so no one can see their knickers when they're playing.
When I was about my daughter's age, I too liked to hang upside down on the monkey bars, and I developed a philosophy on knicker-showing. I couldn't see that showing my knickers was much different to being seen in togs, and I figured that anyone who didn't want to cop an eyeful of my nylon jocks could simply turn away. So I showed my knickers with abandon. (I'm a bit more circumspect now that I'm a grown up, you'll be relieved to know.)
Leaving aside my slight annoyance at having to buy ugly red shorts (and the obvious fact that, if girls had the option of wearing shorts or trousers, knicker-showing wouldn't be an issue), I don't know why seeing kids' underpants is such a problem. Is there some sexual connotation attached, some decency to be preserved? Are we reading adult sexual stuff into kids' behaviour? I truly don't get it!
Whatever the case, I think girls should be allowed to hang upside down, free from adult hang-ups.