Spanish male teachers are wearing skirts to school to fight back against gender norms.
Across the country, male teachers are wearing skirts to class as they stand together in the Clothes Have No Gender (#laropanotienegenero) movement.
The campaign took off on October 27th last year after Mikel Gomez was expelled from a school in Bilbao, the Basque Country for wearing a skirt to class.
Manuel Ortega, 37, and Borja Velazquez, 36, are two of the latest male teachers to sport the stereotypical piece of women’s clothing after a pupil of theirs at the Virgen de Sacedon primary school in Valladolid was ridiculed for wearing an anime t-shirt.
The boy was mocked so much that he changed his top, prompting the pair to show solidarity for his choice of attire.
On Twitter, Mr. Orteg said: “A school that educates with respect, diversity, co-education and tolerance.
“Dress how you want! We join the campaign #clotheshavenogender.”
This sounds like a step in the right direction to us!
Mikel Gomez released a video on TikTok, which has now gone viral, in November 2020 following his expulsion where he stated that the reason for him wearing a skirt was to show his support for diversity.
At the time, Mikel was told by his teachers to seek help from psychologists.
November 4th is now known as ‘wear a skirt to school day’ with hundreds of students and teachers joining in.
A fellow teacher, Jose Pinas, tweeted the reason why he was wearing a skirt to class, saying: “20 years ago I suffered persecution and insults for my sexual orientation in the institute where I am now a teacher.
“Many teachers, they looked the other way.
“I want to join the cause of the student, Mikel, who has been expelled and sent to the psychologist for going to class with a skirt.”
Many have taken to social media to show their support for the movement.
One said: “My son (13 years old) went to class with a skirt yesterday. They had agreed between several students to do so, but only he “dared.”
Another said: “You are an example to follow.”
A third said: “Congratulations on your attitude. I’ve been a teacher for years and I know the courage your step requires.”
Others condemned the movement.
One said: “For goodness sake. That’s awful.”
Another said: “Perverts… shouldn’t be anywhere near children.”
Do gender norms need tackling? And if so, is this the right way to do it?
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