Boys in skirts: London private school to make uniforms gender-neutral

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A top private school in London has promised to introduce gender-neutral uniforms in a bid to support the soaring number of students questioning their identity.

Highgate School, in North London, is seeking to abolish the distinction between girls’ and boys’ dress, and introduce a mix-and-match uniform that would accommodate all pupils.

While girls at Highgate currently have the choice between gray trousers, dark blue jackets and ties, boys do not have the option to wear the same gray pleated skirts that girls can wear.

They also have to wait until they reach the age of 16 before they can get their ears pierced.

“This generation is really questioning [if we are] being binary in the way we look at things,” Adam Pettitt, headmaster at Highgate, told the Times.

However, Pettitt added that some former pupils have spoken out against the new rules amid concerns they could be misleading.

“They write in and say if you left children to their own devices they would grow up differently and you are promoting the wrong ideas,” Pettitt said.

The headmaster said schools are having to mediate between parents and students. Parents often don’t know that their children have queried their gender with school counselors.

Parents would be consulted before any decision is made final, Pettitt said, but he stressed that if some boys feel “happier and more secure in who they are” by wearing skirts, then “it must be a good thing.”

The school already allows for children to ask teachers to call them by the opposite sex, while one boy was also given permission to wear a dress at school.

Highgate has pledged to bring in the new rules amid a growing number of under-18s showing uncertainty over their gender.

According to the Times, up to 2,000 under-18s were referred to the Gender Identity Clinic at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust in North London last year. That is up from the 100 reported when the trust was first set up eight years ago.

Brighton College last year introduced a unisex uniform to accommodate transgender students and those who still question their identity. Students therefore may now choose between a traditional blazer, tie and trousers or skirt and bolero jacket.

But gender-neutral policies have been opposed by some who claim they would only cause more confusion for students.

A professor of education at Buckingham University, Alan Smithers, said the new rules merely risk sowing doubts in pupils’ minds.

“Schools need to help young people become comfortable with their identities, not reinforce their anxieties with measures such as gender-neutral uniforms,” he said, as reported in the Times.

Highgate would be joining the roughly 80 state schools, including 40 primaries, which now have a gender-neutral stance towards uniforms.

It comes as schools across the UK seek a “totally trans-inclusive educational environment and curriculum” after Tavistock in July reported the number of students seeking to change their gender had doubled in six months, according to the Guardian.

Via RT. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license.

  • Stud muffins have been wearin’ ‘skirts’/dresses forever. Sarong, Roman soldier uniforms, togas, kilts, laenas, what ever. I live near Frisco, and I tell ya! Some sausage casings look absolutely CUTE in skirts.

    Gods, I remember this one gorgeous buffed violinist busker in tank top, mini skirt, cowboy boots, and long, beautiful dreads. Played damn good music, too. I think I gave him a ten spot. He was very nice, and I hope he’s doing well, where ever he is.

  • Justin Thought

    Usually, I can come up with (what I think is) an appropriate comment to match the story, but this one has rendered me speechless. The only thing I can say is, this generation has been socially engineered by the media (and we have become all too aware of who owns the media…) to be a complete loss.

    Let’s let these non-gender-binary “people” try their outie-to-outie or innie-to-innie coupling and see if there’s a next generation. I’m kinda doubtin’ it.

  • Tom

    “A very old, wise man was once asked…how many genders are there?
    He answered…how many shoes are there in a shoebox?”

    gender blurring is just another weapon of theirs to control our reproduction…

  • M Saurette

    some boys might be happier pissing in a corner of the classroom instead of walking all the way to the wc, but it doesn’t mean we should let them. part of raising children is teaching them values, not asking them what they imagine values should be. my god.