A California teen who helped organize a strike over her high school’s “sexist” dress code had gone viral after documenting the protest on TikTok.
Evita Frick-Hisaw, 16, who is known as @baggyjeanmom on the platform, shared imagery of her classmates who wore crop tops on June 3 as an objection to a dress code to be held that day.
“In protest against the dress code assembly regarding ‘too much mid-drift’, we all wear crop tops. We recommend that you do the same! Guys, support your friends and crop your tops,” reads a flyer about the strike she shared on her Instagram Stories.
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Objection: California teen Evita Frick-Hisaw (pictured) helped organize a strike at her high school to protest the ‘sexist’ dress code
Standing up for themselves: Evita, who is known as @baggyjeanmom on TikTok, shared images of her and her classmates wearing crop tops in her viral video
United front: Male students supported the cause by wearing sporty crop tops and open shirts
Evita’s viral TikTok video shows her wearing a loose-fitting T-shirt before changing into a cropped tank top to join the protest.
Protest: They walked out of class on June 3 to object to a meeting about ‘too much mid-drift’, according to a flyer
Some students wrote things like “Distraction,” “It’s not my fault,” and “Am I distracting?” about their stomach.
They also put up signs calling on administrators for insinuating that their bodies would be a distraction.
“Teach boys to focus, not girls to cover up,” one sign read, while another reads, “If kids’ diaphragms are distracting you, don’t work with kids.”
At the end of the clip, she said the protest resulted in the school having “a real conversation about changing the dress code,” but admitted that some people were “thrown out” that day.
The TikTok video has been viewed more than 2.9 million times and received thousands of comments, many of them supportive.
“They can hold a meeting to tell girls how to dress, but they can’t hold a meeting to teach guys how to respect other bodies,” one person wrote.
Going viral: TikTok video has been viewed more than 2.9 million times and received thousands of comments
Using their voices: The students proudly posed in the crop tops as they hit back at the administration
Preparation: Evita wore a loose-fitting T-shirt before changing into a shorter tank top to participate in the protest that took place during the assembly
No signs needed! Some students wrote things like ‘Skinny pass?’ and ‘Am I distracting?’ about their belly
“I mean, in college we don’t have a dress code and everything is fine and nobody gets distracted, so don’t know where they get that from,” another commented.
“You inspired me to take a step into my school,” another gushed. ‘I’m organizing a protest now. I’m proud of you!!!’
Not everyone was on their side, though, and one person replied, “These little kids will have a really hard time getting a job in the future if they don’t understand the basics of the dress code.”
Addressing the comment in a follow-up video explaining their reasons for the protest, Evita said, “I want to start this video by thanking you for all the support we got on our last video, but with all the support, it also comes with lots of hate comments like this one.
“So the reason we did all this is because we were going to have a dress code meeting,” she continued. “We felt the dress code was sexist towards women and also perpetuated the rape culture and that made us very uncomfortable.
Strike Back: The students also put up signs urging school administrators to “cover up girls” instead of “teach boys to focus”
Sacrifice: Evita said the protest resulted in the school having “a real conversation about changing the dress code,” but she admitted that some people were “thrown out” that day.
Reason: In a follow-up video, Evita explained that they felt the dress code was sexist towards women and also perpetuated the rape culture.
Valid point: ‘We shouldn’t be kicked out of class just for wearing a crop top,’ said Evita
“We all want some freedom of speech and freedom to express our confidence – whether that’s in a loose-fitting T-shirt or a small top.
‘We as students feel that what we wear does not distract from others or affect someone’s learning environment.’
Evita said she spoke to her favorite teacher about the protest at the end of the day, and while he feels they “could have handled it better,” he stands behind the students. She added that he “understands” them, and she agrees.
“We know we will have a dress code as we get older and may have uniforms with any job, but right now we are in school and we are in a learning environment,” she emphasized.
“We shouldn’t be kicked out of class just for wearing a crop top… I shouldn’t be the only one talking about this subject and that’s why we’re having this meeting.”