An issue that negatively impacts education is illustrated by Kayla Lemieux, an industrial arts teacher at Trafalgar High School in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. She went viral recently for her clothing. Born male, Kayla wears huge prosthetic breasts in skintight revealing clothes and is about a year into the transition to female.
While the school has a dress code that prohibits students from “wearing clothing that exposes or makes visible genitals and nipples,” no such requirements are made for teachers. Toronto employment attorney, Sunira Chaundhri, deemed the teacher’s attire “unprofessional” and “clownish”, is making a mockery of gender rights versus advancing them.
Complaints from students and parents were dismissed by the Halton District School Board. Chair Margo Shuttleworth decided that protecting “gender rights” and the rights of the teacher are more important that creating an environment that stimulates learning instead of stimulates awkward stares and hormones.
One student was quoted as saying, “I don’t think the school can fire (her).”
Another student said, “The kids here most definitely don’t think it’s normal … but WOKErealistically we can’t say anything.”
Instead of addressing the issue, enforcing reasonable dress codes or taking action to protect students, the board “created a safety plan” for the teacher to “make sure she is protected” as they prepare to face protests at the school.
It is wrong for any teacher, male or female, to wear see-through clothing and it is wrong for schools to turn an institution of learning into forced social experiment that requires students and parents to comply.
Is there any other profession other than sex worker where this dress would be remotely acceptable? In society’s effort to make schools more inclusive and accepting - we’ve lost all common sense.
Regardless of gender, sexual identity, body type, or anything else, all teachers must be required to abide by reasonable and societally acceptable dress codes befitting their profession during work.
UPDATE: On January 12, 2023 the DAILY MAIL reported under the headline:
Trans teacher with Z-cup prosthetic breasts could be forced to stop wearing them to school after board adopts a dress code - despite 'telling students they would be suspended for taking her picture'
But she could soon be forced to stop wearing her controversial attire after the Halton District School Board directed staff to develop a 'professional standards of dress' policy during a meeting on January 3