School dress codes are usually meant to keep kids covered up and conservative. Apparently, not in Belgium. The Brussels Free University just gave their medical students one more major life lesson about real-world sexism thanks to one very disturbing email, before their graduation thanks to one very disturbing email.
“From an aesthetic point of view,” it read, ” it is better for young women to wear a dress or skirt, and a nice revealing neckline.”
Men were told simply to wear a suit for the event next month.
“Of course, ladies, this advice is not obligatory,” the email added.
But mandatory or not, the suggestion caused an outcry on social media.
Hundreds of students responded, accusing the university of being sexist. A Belgian university later released a statement on Facebook and Twitter, on behalf of its medical faculty, to apologise to all students who had received the
message.The advice was inappropriate and went against the university’s values, it said. ULB Confessions later posted it was glad to see the media had picked up the story.
It also thanked them for “supporting our fight against sexism” and joked they now wanted US President Donald Trump’s support.
This suggestion was not received well by students. Some shared it on a Facebook page called ULB Confessions, where students typically post jokes and memes. Word spread and students reacted angrily, with one commenting, “No one has the right to tell you how you should feel in your skin. Nobody has the right to tell you how to dress. No one has the right to tell you how to play your role as a woman. No one has the right to take away this freedom that has been (and is still being) obtained with such difficulty.”
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It is extremely disappointing to think that this kind of sexism is happening at a university, but at the very least, school officials seem to be taking responsibility for the situation, and hopefully, will learn from this lesson.