School Sparks Outrage With 21-Page Prom Dress Code

School Sparks Outrage With 21-Page Prom Dress Code

Do you remember what dress you wore to prom? When you went to pick it up you probably had an idea of what you were looking for. But what would you do if you were handed a rule book that was twenty-one pages long – with pictures – telling you what you could and couldn’t wear to the big dance.   Oh, and some students had more rules they had to abide by than others.

 This is just what happened at Boylan Catholic High School in Rockford, Illinois. The school is now facing calls of sexism and body shaming thanks to these guidelines.


As well as featuring more restrictions for girls compared to boys, the guidelines allow some girls to get away with clothes that other girls couldn’t because of their particular body type.


The guidelines – which can be found online – say that anyone not sticking to the rules will be denied entry to prom.


It reads that “Boylan Catholic High School dances are an event, which reflects the philosophy of our school and the teachings of the Catholic Church. Among our most important considerations is adherence to the Church teachings regarding modesty.”


The guys are provided with four examples of what is considered appropriate, but there are many more rules for the young ladies, which are also more detailed.


For a start, the neckline of the dress must not show off cleavage.


The guidelines also say that the back and sides of the dress most not be low cut, and that the hem has to be longer than mid-thigh.


Girls are not allowed to wear dresses with cut-outs. Nor are they allowed silhouettes that could be considered to be “excessively tight”.


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