Officials at a school in Britain decided that girls were spending too much time fixing themselves up in the girls’ bathroom, so they banned makeup for girls aged 14 to 16. Administrators also decided to rip the mirrors out of the walls and provide teachers with “makeup removal kits.”
No More Heavy Eyeliner And Layers Of Mascara
Girls at the co-ed Shelley College in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, were originally allowed to wear “discreet” makeup, but unsurprisingly teens interpreted this to mean heavy eyeliner and layers of mascara. The girls are now checked for makeup every day.
From The Daily Mail:
John McNally, head teacher of the comprehensive school, said most pupils and parents support the measures.
He said: ‘There comes a point when you need to stop teachers spending half an hour in the day talking to girls about their make-up. It is more sensible to say it’s not allowed.
‘The girls were attracted to the mirrors and when we removed them the problem stopped. Most have accepted the policy as the vast majority did not wear make-up and those who wore a little have been happy to stop.”
Support From Parents
McNally reported that while a few girls are complaining, he has had a lot of support from parents. Students aged under 14 have never been allowed make-up at the school and those in the sixth form (last two years of high school) are exempt from the ban.
Maybe it’s a good time for girls to learn that they look fine even when their faces aren’t coated in makeup. I’ve taught plenty of high school classes where a few girls are constantly trying to sneak a look at mirrors, and fix their makeup, in the middle of class. And I’ve also seen plenty of high school girls who have painted on so much makeup that they look ridiculous.
Lower Your Hemlines, Ladies!
Having grown up in England, I can say that makeup was never an problem. I attended an all-girls school, so maybe that’s why makeup wasn’t an issue. We did all routinely roll up the waistbands of our uniform skirts, however, to shorten them, and were often subject to the headteacher screaming at us to be more ladylike and lower our hems.
Perhaps it’s always something. And perhaps Headmaster McNally has the right idea.
What do you think?
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