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Elma school officials ban short cheerleader skirts

(September 09, 2003)


Elma High School senior Katie Schouweiler is one of dozens of members of the school's drill and cheer squads who have been told their uniforms are too short.

ELMA -- Sacrificing a game-day tradition to ward off the distraction of bare adolescent thighs, Elma High School has banned its cheerleaders' short skirts from its hallways and classrooms.

The move has members of the cheerleading and drill teams, and their parents -- some of whom wore similar skirts years ago -- steaming.

"Elma has dropped back to the dark ages," Kathy Shaw, whose daughter is on the drill team, told The Daily World. "They are making our kids feel like they're not nice girls when they are."

For years on game days, the brief blue-and-white skirts have been exempt from the dress code at this small town west of Olympia. Now they'll be allowed only at games and other performances -- not in the hallways.

"What the high school decided is that the dress code would apply to everyone equally," Elma School Superintendent Tami Hickle said. Officials from the high school itself would not comment to The World.

Cathie Spalding, whose daughter Annette is on the drill team, said parents were told school administrators pushed for the ban, saying the skirts were a distraction in the classroom.

Parents doubt the outfits -- relatively demure by cheerleader standards thanks to the cool weather at the average Friday night football game in Elma -- would do much to further crank up the hormones of teenage boys.

"Boys are going to be horn-toads, anyway, whether (the girls) are wearing a short skirt or not," said Spalding, who speaks from experience, having worn the short skirt of a Hoquiam High School cheerleader in the early 1970s.

On Friday, the first day the ban took effect, drill team member Katie Schouweiler said she wore her team sweater and "very ugly" warm-up pants.

Schouweiler said the girls look "very clean-cut wearing our uniforms" and doesn't see the rare exception to the dress code as a big deal.

"We wear them like six times" a year, Schouweiler said.

Shaw and the other parents said the new rule devalues the hard work the girls put in practicing, keeping up their grades and raising money to buy the expensive uniforms.

Credit: Associated Press


US to ban up-skirt voyeur photos

Stealth porn clampdown protects privacy

By Lucy Sherriff

Published Thursday 13th May 2004 11:13 GMT

The US moved closer today to banning so-called "up-skirt" photography, under the proposed Video Voyeurism Prevention Act.

The bill specifically bans deliberately taking pictures of an unconsenting "individual's naked or undergarment clad genitals, pubic area, buttocks, or female breast...under circumstances in which that individual has a reasonable expectation of privacy regarding such body part or parts".

Translating from the wonderfully colourful legalese, this means that if you go outside, no one is allowed to stick a camera up your skirt and take a picture. It also says you have a right to privacy in places where you would normally take your clothes off without being watched, such as hotel rooms, changing areas in gyms and clothes shops and so on.

It was proposed last year in response to the increase in covertly-taken snap of bums and cleavage posted to porn websites. Taking the pictures has become easier as camera phones and similar technology gets more accessible.

Voyeuristic photographers armed with camera phones have become such a problem in some areas that gym chains have banned members from using mobile phones




Every year they're warned and every year they disregard the warning. Students just want their uniforms . . .

Skin-tight & sexy

Tight shirts and tiny skirts with front, rear or side slitsare all the rage for female university students.

Flashy, skin-tight uniforms are the latest rage for female university students while their male counterparts are slipping into loose-fitting jeans with waists cut low enough to reveal their boxers.

But as both sexes prepare for the beginning of the new semester next month, university administrators are updating their dress codes and reminding students they will also be graded on their attire.

Kasetsart University has banned skirts with low-cut waists as well as jeans that reveal boxer shorts, said Surachai Charudej, director of its Student Affairs Department.

Offenders will be banned from lecture halls and will lose marks, Surachai said. "We will warn the freshmen about the issue at orientation day," he said.

So far students are ignoring the warnings. As they pore over clothing racks, they are grabbing sexier, attention-grabbing attire, vendors say.

Skirts are even more daring this year than last year, noted a vendor at Bang Kapi's Tawanna market. "Some are as tiny as 30cm from waistline to hem, and there are short skirts with front, rear or side slits, depending on your preference," he said.

"The SSS size was the smallest shirt size last year, but this year our smallest is the SSSSS," he said.

"Noi", a 21-year-old student at Prince of Songkla University, said she had been wearing close-fitting long shirts and skirts with low-cut waists since she was a freshman. "Wearing a close-fitting shirt makes me look better," she said, adding that she dieted to fit into her uniform.

"It's difficult to find simple uniforms with long skirts and big shirts at shops now," she said.

Usa Malison, from Mahidol University, said trendy students were picking up their uniforms at MBK and Chatuchak market.

Supaporn Suvarnarpa, the owner of MBK's Moomtong at Bonanza, said female students seemed more determined than ever to squeeze into tight-fitting uniforms.

"It's so disturbing," said Dr Chanvipa Diloksamphan, the director of the Student Affairs Department at Rajabat Institute's Bansomdej campus. "While we are trying to campaign for proper dress, many shops near the university offer improper uniforms."

She said the university had always had a strict dress code.

Students who violated it by wearing see-through shirts or short skirts would lose marks and be reported to their parents, she said.

Still, the university's efforts seem to be falling on deaf ears.

"Each year, we warn freshmen about how they dress, but when they become seniors they always dress more improperly," Chanvipa said.

"Some students say if they don't dress according to trends, their friends will tease them," she said.

It is difficult to control students, she said.

Chatrarat Kaewmorakot, Onnida Aditapsatit

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