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Mom Invites Principal to Find ‘Dress Code’ Clothing for Her Daughter

File this one under, “Oh hell, yes!”

Catherine Pearlman couldn’t even with her daughter’s school principal shaming the girl two days in a row with a warning for her “inappropriate” clothing.

This mom wrote a post for Today‘s community page in the form of a letter to her daughter’s principal, and oh, it’s a doozie:

“Dear Middle School Principal: Thank you for sending a note home for the second day in a row to say my daughter was dressed inappropriately for school,” Pearlman opens her letter. “I’d like to offer an additional thank you for forcing her to change into large mesh shorts that have been worn by only god knows who and potentially never washed.”

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Pearlman kicks it up a notch with a plea for the principal’s fashion help:

“To reward you for treating my daughter with such concern, I am cordially inviting you to take my daughter shopping.

“Here are the specifications you have to work with. I wish you loads of luck.

“She is 5’7” and 13 years old. Built more like her father, she has exceptionally long legs and arms.

“She doesn’t like anything pink or purple or frilly.

“In addition to being tall, Pearlman’s daughter has a particular taste. She won’t wear anything with a logo on it, because as every middle school girl knows, that’s not cool. But she is into superheroes and Green Day.”

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Pearlman demands that the principal find clothing that actually meets school standards, like the (*cough* bullshit) “fingertip test,” in which shorts must be long enough that a girl can touch the cuffs of the legs with her hands at her sides. (No word on whether the boys are also subject to the fingertip test, natch.) 

We believe the “fingertip test” originated in a convent in the south of France in the 1300s, but we cannot confirm that at this time.

“She has very long fingers, which seems to make finding shorts that won’t get her sent to the principal’s office impossible (On the bright side the piano teacher says those fingers are an asset),” Pearlman said.

The best part is also the worst part, something that we are sick of seeing in school culture in the U.S.:

“P.S. I forgot to thank you for making it clear to my daughter that her body is somehow a distraction, either to herself or to the boys. I thought she might have missed the message earlier in the year when the gym teacher told her she couldn’t wear yoga pants because the boys aren’t able to control themselves. I appreciate how hard you are working to drive the point home.”
Sing the sweet song of all mothers, Catherine Pearlman. We’ve got your back on this one, and we can’t wait to see the principal’s response. This sexist dress code crap has got to stop.

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