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Letter to School District Regarding Their Dress Code - Rape Culture At Work

Dear Principal Alvarez, Superintendent Bull and Cherry Creek Board of Education,
            I am a new mother in the Cherry Creek School District and my four children are or will be attending the various schools within the district. My oldest son just started in sixth grade at Laredo Middle School. My two middle sons are currently in first and fourth grade at Indian Ridge Elementary while my daughter is still a toddler. As a new parent I received a number of documents upon my arrival, including the Laredo Middle School dress code. As I expected it is unfortunately yet another example of rape culture at work. I use that expression carefully knowing full well its implications and understanding it may elicit strong reactions. “Rape culture” is defined as, “a society or environment whose prevailing social attitudes have the effect of normalizing or trivializing sexual assault and abuse.” A lynch pin of rape culture is the idea that women’s clothing and their bodies are sources of uncontr…