Macy Edgerly is an honors student and senior at Orangefield High School in Orange County, Texas. On April 2, she was sent home for a dress code violation. What has set the internet abuzz is the outfit she was wearing when she was sent home. It appears to be an oversized, long blouse that is as long as many dresses are over a pair of black leggings that reach below the knee. She was totally covered, and no body parts other than her calves or forearms were exposed, according to Yahoo! Parenting.
The picture that Macy’s sister posted on Facebook went viral, with over 85,000 shares and counting. On Facebook, Erica Alyse Edgerly posted the following in support of her sister.
“Today, my sister was sent home from school for wearing the clothes in the picture below. And I’m sorry but I have to stand up for my family and for women who are degraded and judged for their bodies and clothing everyday. People wonder why women feel insecure about their bodies or what they wear….And it’s be[c]ause you’re told your clothing is inappropriate when you’re completely fully clothed, even when you’re not showing cleavage or anything…. How about instead of body shaming women, school systems should start teaching 15-18 year old boys to stop degrading women with their eyes and contributing to the rape culture of today’s society. Bottom line, girls cannot go to school in comfortable clothes THAT COVER EVERYTHING because school systems are afraid that hormonal boys won’t be able to control their eyes and minds….Not to mention, when you send someone home because of innappropriate [sic] clothing, you’re taking away from their educ[a]tion. So I guess it’s more important for boys to not have distractions (even when [there] aren’t any) than a woman’s education. When will people realize how big of an issue this really is?”
Commenters on the Facebook page did not see anything wrong with her attire. When contacted, the high school referred comments to the vice principal, who failed to return requests for comment. Another administrator hung up, according to Opposing Views, when asked about Macy Edgerly.
It’s not clear exactly why she was sent home or what policies she violated. But on the face of it, the outfit seems innocuous. It has been said that the school applied a double standard because a male would not have been sent home wearing something resembling a man’s baseball uniform, according to Yahoo! Parenting.
Do you see anything wrong with the outfit that Macy wore? Why do you think it violated a school dress code?
In another recent case involving a school’s dress code, an openly gay honor student was told that she could not wear a tuxedo to her prom, according to an article in the Inquisitr. After much media coverage and many commentators favoring the student’s right to wear the tux, the principal of the school had a change of heart and decided to permit the student to attend the prom in a tuxedo.
[Photo Courtesy Facebook]