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Petition by Project Slut aims to end TDSB dress codes

Last Updated Sep 11, 2015 at 5:15 am EDT

Three Toronto women have founded a movement called Project Slut, and they are not stopping until they see change.

Project Slut was created when the girls were 15 years old in an attempt to rid the dress code at Toronto’s Central Tech High School. An online petition the group has started has 280 signatures.

“Basically our old dress code said we cannot show bosoms and must respect ourselves,” said Andy Villanueva, who is one of the three girls.

The written rule said female students respect themselves by not showing bosoms, she said.

Villanueva, Erin Dixon and Kerin John were inspired to get the dress code revised by their social justice class because they found it unfair to segregate just women and that saying “it’s too distracting to men,” is unfair.

She said females are being unfairly targeted.

Hats, bandanas, belly shirts, and baggy pants with underwear exposed are considered inappropriate attire by the TDSB. The board says they have a broad and basic dress code, and then it is up to the individual schools to create their own policies.

Project Slut hopes to get rid of the dress code in Toronto, allowing students to decide what they want to wear and be able to present themselves in a way they please.

Villanueva is planning to take the petition to TDSB and the Minister of Education.