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California teens stage protest against high school’s ‘sexist’ dress code

A California teen who helped stage a walkout over her high school’s ‘sexist’ dress code had gone viral after documenting the protest on TikTok.  

Evita Frick-Hisaw, 16, who is known as @baggyjeanmom on the platform, shared footage of her classmates wearing crop tops on June 3 in objection to a dress code assembly that was allegedly supposed to be held that day.   

‘In protest of the dress code assembly regarding “too much mid-drift,” we are all wearing crop tops. We suggest you do too! Boys, support your friends and crop your tops,’ reads a flyer about the walkout that she shared on her Instagram Stories. 

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Objection: California teen Evita Frick-Hisaw (pictured) helped stage a walkout at her high school in protest of it’s ‘sexist’ dress code 

Standing their ground: Evita, who is known as @baggyjeanmom on TikTok, shared footage of her and her classmates wearing crop tops in her viral video

Standing their ground: Evita, who is known as @baggyjeanmom on TikTok, shared footage of her and her classmates wearing crop tops in her viral video 

United front:  Male students supported the cause by sporting crop tops and open shirts

United front:  Male students supported the cause by sporting crop tops and open shirts 

Evita’s viral TikTok video shows her wearing a baggy T-shirt before she changed into a cropped tank to join the protest. 

Protest: They walked out of class on June 3 to object to an assembly regarding 'too much mid-drift,' according to a flyer

Protest: They walked out of class on June 3 to object to an assembly regarding ‘too much mid-drift,’ according to a flyer 

Some of the students wrote things such as ‘Distraction,’ ‘It’s not my fault,’ and ‘Am I distracting?’ across their stomachs. 

They also hung signs calling out administrators for insinuating their bodies are a distraction. 

‘Teach boys to focus, not girls to cover up,’ read one sign, while another said: ‘If children’s midriffs distract you, you should not be working with children.’

At the end of the clip, she said the protest has led to the school having ‘a real talk to change the dress code,’ but she admitted some people got ‘kicked out’ that day.  

The TikTok video has been viewed more than 2.9 million times and received thousands of comments, many of which were supportive. 

‘They can hold an assembly to tell girls how to dress but they can’t have an assembly to educate boys on how they should respect other ppls bodies,’ one person wrote.  

Going viral: The TikTok video has been viewed more than 2.9 million times and received thousands of comments

Going viral: The TikTok video has been viewed more than 2.9 million times and received thousands of comments

Going viral: The TikTok video has been viewed more than 2.9 million times and received thousands of comments

Using their voices: The students proudly posed in the crop tops as they hit back at the administration

Using their voices: The students proudly posed in the crop tops as they hit back at the administration 

Getting ready: Evita wore a baggy T-shirt before changing into a cropped tank to join the protest that took place during assembly

Getting ready: Evita wore a baggy T-shirt before changing into a cropped tank to join the protest that took place during assembly

Getting ready: Evita wore a baggy T-shirt before changing into a cropped tank to join the protest that took place during assembly 

No need for signs! Some of the students wrote things such as 'Skinny pass?' and 'Am I distracting?' across their stomachs

No need for signs! Some of the students wrote things such as 'Skinny pass?' and 'Am I distracting?' across their stomachs

No need for signs! Some of the students wrote things such as ‘Skinny pass?’ and ‘Am I distracting?’ across their stomachs

‘I mean in University we don’t have a dress code and everything is fine and no one is distracted so idk where they get that from,’ someone else pointed out.

‘You have inspired me to make a move in my school,’ another gushed. ‘I’m organizing a protest now. I am proud of you!!!’  

Not everyone was on their side, however, with one person responding: ‘These little kids are gonna have a really hard time getting a job in the future if they can’t understand the basics of dress code.’

Evita addressed the comment in a follow-up video explaining their reasons for the protest, saying: ‘I want to start this video off by saying thank you for all the support we’ve been getting on our last video, but with all the support, it also comes with a lot of hate comments like this. 

‘So the reason why we did all this is because we were going to have an assembly on dress code,’ she continued. ‘We felt the dress code was sexist towards women and also perpetuating rape culture and that made us very uncomfortable.

Hitting back: The students also hung signs calling out the school's administrators for teaching 'girls to cover up' instead of teaching 'boys to focus'

Hitting back: The students also hung signs calling out the school's administrators for teaching 'girls to cover up' instead of teaching 'boys to focus'

Hitting back: The students also hung signs calling out the school’s administrators for teaching ‘girls to cover up’ instead of teaching ‘boys to focus’

Sacrifice: Evita said the protest has led to the school having 'a real talk to change the dress code,' but she admitted some people got 'kicked out' that day.

Sacrifice: Evita said the protest has led to the school having ‘a real talk to change the dress code,’ but she admitted some people got ‘kicked out’ that day.

Reason: In a follow-up video, Evita explained that they 'felt the dress code was sexist towards women and also perpetuating rape culture'

Reason: In a follow-up video, Evita explained that they 'felt the dress code was sexist towards women and also perpetuating rape culture'

Reason: In a follow-up video, Evita explained that they ‘felt the dress code was sexist towards women and also perpetuating rape culture’

Valid point: 'We should not have to be kicked out of class just because we are wearing a crop top,' Evita said

Valid point: ‘We should not have to be kicked out of class just because we are wearing a crop top,’ Evita said 

‘We all just want some freedom of expression and freedom to express our confidence — whether that’s in a baggy T-shirt or in a tiny little tank top. 

‘We as students feel like what we wear is not distracting towards others or affecting anyone’s learning environment.’

Evita said she spoke to her favorite teacher about the protest at the end of the day, and while he believes they ‘could have had a better approach to it,’ he stands by the students. She added that he ‘understands’ them, and she agrees with him. 

‘We know we are going to have a dress code when we get older and possibly have uniforms with whatever job that comes, but right now we are in school, and we are in a learning environment,’ she stressed. 

‘We should not have to be kicked out of class just because we are wearing a crop top…I shouldn’t be the only one speaking on this topic and that’s why we are having this meeting.’


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