MAGS’ stud-ban back­lash

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Mt Al­bert Gram­mar School’s rule banning male stu­dents from wear­ing ear studs has been la­belled ‘‘gen­der stereo­typ­ing’’.

The uni­form rule stat­ing that fe­male stu­dents are al­lowed to wear one plain stud on the ear lobe but male stu­dents are not al­lowed to wear any jew­ellery at all.

The decile seven school said on its web­site that it has a roughly 50:50 gen­der split.

A pe­ti­tion, set up by stu­dent Mia Llewellyn, is call­ing for the school to re­move the rule and in­tro­duce a ‘‘gen­der equal’’ jew­ellery pol­icy.

‘‘This rule is based purely on gen­der stereo­types and we do not think this should be en­forced on stu­dents,’’ the pe­ti­tion says.

The pe­ti­tion, launched on June 14 at change.org, said male stu­dents should be able to have the same jew­ellery rights as fe­males.

Thomas Wil­son, who signed the pe­ti­tion, said he wanted to get his ear pierced with­out his mas­culin­ity be­ing judged.

The pe­ti­tion had 263 sup­port­ers and is pro­mot­ing the so­cial me­dia hash­tags #jew­ellery­is­gen­derneu­tral and #let­boyswear­bling.

Mount Al­bert Gram­mar School Head­mas­ter Pa­trick Drumm said he had not been made aware of the pe­ti­tion but would hap­pily dis­cuss with stu­dents any is­sues they had.

PETER MEECHAM/FAIRFAX NZ

A pe­ti­tion has been launched protest­ing Mount Al­bert Gram­mar School’s rule banning male stu­dents from wear­ing ear studs.

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