More than 100 teenage boys wore a skirt to school to protest against rules they have dubbed ‘sexist’.
The students at Collège Nouvelles Frontières in Quebec, Canada, are angry that girls must ensure their skirts are 10 centimetres above the knee but there are no clothing rules for boys.
They said their protest is support of women’s rights as the rule forces girls to be ashamed of the bodies.
Zachary Paulin posted a photo of himself in a skirt with five other students on Instagram saying the rule demonstrate the ‘double standards’ of society.
He said: “The fact that a boy wears a skirt is a sign of resilience, solidarity and support to the intersectional battle for gender equality.
“The double standard on the way society views our women and men is blatant; if a woman decides to wear a suit or pants, clothes associated with masculinity, it’s not a big deal.
“But the moment a man will do anything remotely feminine, whether it is to put nail polish, makeup or in our case, a skirt, fingers are pointed and he gets insulted. People will say that he’s not a real man and they will automatically assume his sexuality.
“Also, the skirt is sometimes used in private schools to abuse dress codes and discriminate girls for no reason.
“As for aggressors, they’ll excuse their actions by sexualising women unnecessarily and blaming THEM for THEIR actions.
“So, by wearing a skirt, we are united and together against the sexualization of women and we’re sending a message against toxic masculinity, that’s keeping boys from being who they truly are, without judgement.
“We’re in 2020, we should be open-minded: and all fight to end discrimination, homophobia and sexism. That’s what our skirts represent.”
His post has attracted more than 4,000 likes and hundreds of comments from people applauding his stance.
Zachary told CBC he was surprised at the outcome of the protest.
“I knew that it was going to be a big movement, but not that big of a movement,” he said.
“I was pleasantly surprised.”
The school posted a statement on its Facebook page which says: “The College supports and wishes to congratulate the students involved in the solidarity movement towards LGBT students, against stereotypical gender roles and against the hypersexualisation of girls.
“This is directly linked to our values, respect, self-esteem and openness. Nouvelles Frontières wants to support them in this positive approach and congratulate them on their gesture of solidarity.”