Erica Alyse Edgerly shared a photo of her sister, Macy, on her Facebook page last week wearing the outfit that got her sent home from school. She was wearing leggings and a long shirt that covered her, so when the administrators at Orangefield High School in Orange County, Texas sent her home for her “inappropriate” outfit the girls were confused.
The photo was accompanied by Erica’s claim that this was yet another example of body-shaming by the school saying, “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 because you’re told your clothing is inappropriate when you’re completely fully clothed, even when you’re not showing cleavage or anything.”
Her point and issue she said was that this was perpetuating the ‘rape culture’ and that schools need to work on 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.”
The post went viral, and has been shared over 81,000 times.
Today she posted a follow up post addressing those who may have misunderstood the point of her post, and that she was “in NO WAY hating, blaming, or throwing the school under the bus. I had 13 amazing years at that school, and had my own dress code issues. I understand that there are always rules that need to be followed, (and my sister thought she was following them) and the administration has a job to do.”