This pool party invitation looks innocent enough, but one mum couldn’t hide her anger when she discovered the dress code stipulations her child’s school imposed.
American mum Jennifer Smith ran her eyes over the sixth-grade pool party invitation her son brought home, and she says it wasn’t long before her blood was boiling. Have a read of the invitation and her handwritten response below:
Jennifer says that as a feminist, she was enraged by the requirement for all girls to wear a non-white t-shirt over their bathers, “They’re saying little girls need to be ashamed of their bodies and cover themselves up,” she tells The Huffington Post.
“I have a little boy, I’m teaching him to think correctly, and this is contrary to what I’m teaching him,” she says.
The invite also banned boys from wearing Speedos style bathers.
When she contacted the school, Rhoades Elementary in Indianapolis, Jennifer says she was told they issued the edict because kids had donned inappropriate swimwear at previous parties, and the school also wanted to help students who may feel uncomfortable.
Appropriate dress for kids’ pool parties?
A spokesperson for the school also told HuffPost, “We know that for many of our families, buying an extra [one-piece] swimsuit for their children would be a luxury they cannot afford. To address the issue of appropriate dress for the swim party, we believed asking the girls to wear t-shirts over their swimsuits was the solution that addressed the issue most sensitively.”
The party did go ahead, albeit with a rule change, allowing t-shirts over swimsuits to be optional.
“If we can change little things to make it better, and examine the reasons why we do things, that would be great,” she says.
The Huffington Post reports that according to Jennifer’s son, none of the girls wore a t-shirt over their bathers to the party.
What do you think, Babyologists? Is this body shaming or a storm in a tea cup?