So, DD11 is in 5th grade and her class is going on a field trip to a local watering hole next week. This morning she informed me that the girls are required to wear one-piece bathing suits, but the boys don't have to wear shirts. There are a few things that really bother me about this:
1) totally reeks of sexism here, why is it okay for the boys to show off their entire torso but the girls have to cover it up? I object to this on so many levels.
2) DD can't even wear a one piece. She has a long torso, is developing breasts but has a "Hank Hill" butt as I like to call it, so she wears a different size top than bottom. If we were to find a one piece that fit her torso, it would be saggy in the butt/crotch. She is not willing to wear a t-shirt over her swimsuit, I don't blame her, we both hate the feeling of wet fabric clinging to our skin.
3) I am not going to go out and buy a swimsuit for one field trip that DD will never wear again. Sorry.
4) This pool is notorious for women going topless, and there are a number of older male weirdos who wear thong speedos there. Even if these kids are wearing two piece swimsuits, they will still be the least scantily clad.
Also, these are YOUNG KIDS. They aren't teenagers who will be beating off behind a bush somewhere at the girls in their bikinis if you're one of those people who likes to think of the worst possible scenario.
Oh, and her school has NO dress code. They let kids wear two pieces for water day and at the school festival where they rent the giant slip n slide.
Her teachers are both female. One of them even has pin up girl tattoos. WTF????