Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Male Teachers Turn Up In Skirts To Support Boy Expelled For Wearing Skirt

 Male teachers in Spain have been wearing skirts to school as part of a campaign challenging gender stereotypes.

TheGuardian

The Clothes Have No Gender (#LaRopaNoTieneGenero) movement was launched by Maths teacher Jose Piñas in November after one of his students was expelled and forced to visit a psychologist after wearing a skirt to school.

The drive gathered pace again last month when Manuel Ortega, 37, and Borja Velaquez, 36, of Virgen de Sacedon primary school in Valladolid ditched their trousers for skirts.

The pair put their knees in the breeze for the month of May after seeing one of their students bullied with homophobic insults for wearing a t-shirt featuring an anime character, forcing him to change his outfit.

Ortega said he was ‘horrified’ by the merciless teasing, which prompted him to team up with Velaquez and ‘promote tolerance’ by wearing a skirt for the month of May.

The pair told El Pais they had seen a noticeable positive change in students’ behaviour since they started wearing the skirts.

However, they insist these results are only ‘the tip of the iceberg’ and say the school should do more to promote respect and tolerance in the classroom.

Basque Country teacher Piñas launched the movement in November after realising little had changed from his school days 20 years ago

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