Outcry as Jutland school bans crop tops

You’re randomly browsing social media and you see a photo of a crossfit fanatic exposing his perfectly toned belly. “Show yourself”, you think.

Thirty seconds later, it’s a worker with his beer belly outside. “That’s an improvement on his builder butt,” you scoff.

Another half minute later and… wait, is there a pattern to all that exposed skin? Is it Tanuary or Flabruary, or what?

The answer is a resounding ‘Yes,” and it all started at a school in Vejle, central Jutland.

Shocker crop top
Firehøjeskolen banned students from wearing crop tops.

“Students need to stop exposing their bellies at school,” headmaster Bjarne Kyneb explained.

“We need to ban it to protect the school community. We need to understand that we co-exist in close proximity to each other and that wearing appropriate clothing allows everyone to focus on the schoolwork at hand.

Solidarity of their elders
Forget Afghanistan; it led to an absolute frenzy among celebrity circles, with even former PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt throwing her heavyweight status into the fray.

Louise Kjølsen, Signe Molde, Iben Maria Zeuthen, Louise Kjølsen, Irina Babenko Olsen, Anders Morgenthaler and Marchen Neel Gjertsen all beat the drums, and some even photographed themselves wearing crop tops in solidarity with the poor downtrodden students of Firehøjeskolen.

Sofie Linde, who single-handedly kickstarted the #MeToo movement in Denmark, even brought her husband Joakim Ingversen into the studio.

“It’s just a belly. And at least it’s not the girls’ responsibility that their principal and the boys in the class can’t concentrate when they see a belly button,” he said. she writes in a message.

Not their responsibility!
Psychologist Louise Kjølsen offered a reasoned critique of the school’s position.

“It is completely absurd that in 2021 in Denmark we are discussing girls’ bellies from the point of view that it is the responsibility of girls to cover themselves so that boys can concentrate,” she wrote on Instagram. .

“It’s the same as when you say that if you wear a short dress, it’s your fault that you are raped. Nobody ever said boys weren’t allowed to take off their shirts when playing football in the schoolyard on a hot summer day because the girls couldn’t concentrate.

Authorized in the Bronze Age
And even Nationalmuseet, the national museum, has entered the debate, claiming that the ancient Danes wore them 3,500 years ago during the Bronze Age.

“We must remember that the Egtved girl ALSO wears a belly blouse and has grown too old to be dictated by anyone,” he wrote on Facebook.

Of course, times have changed since 1370 BC… and since the 1930s and 40s!

“In the 1930s there was some discussion about whether she could be an erotic belly dancer, and in the 1940s she even got a petticoat in some of the drawings of her so you couldn’t see through the strings of her skirt,” he added.

Somewhere among the fur is an exposed navel and an angry Bronze Age woman! (photo: Facebook page of the Nationalmuseet)