- Seoul’s Board of Education is removing a policy that requires female students to wear plain, all-white underwear.
- A quarter of Seoul’s girls’ schools regulate the color and transparency of student underwear.
- The Seoul government wants the regulations to be removed by the end of the year.
The Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education is forcing the city’s girls’ schools to drop a mandate that requires female students to wear only plain, all-white underwear.
As of this week, 31 of Seoul’s 129 middle and high school girls’ schools still had such regulations in place, said Moon Jang-gil, a member of the Seoul Metropolitan Council. JoongAng Daily.
Moon said schools monitor the color, pattern and transparency of their students’ underwear, in accordance with each institution’s code of conduct. This includes rules that penalize students who wear underwear that is not solid or white, and penalties for wearing lace lingerie.
Some of the guidelines listed in the school rules included: “Penalty points will be given to all types of underwear except white underwear without patterns”, “Lace lingerie is prohibited” and “The blouses should be long enough so that when one raises the arms, the underwear cannot be seen,” reported Korea JoongAng Daily.
The Seoul Education Bureau is calling on schools to either voluntarily remove the regulations or be forced to do so by the end of this year, for BBC Korea.
The policy change was precipitated by an investigation by Asunaro, a organization of young South Korean activists, earlier this year. The organization has received more than 400 complaints from female students across the country about these underwear regulations.
Asunaro collected anonymous testimonies from female college students, some of whom said that schools allowing male teachers to inspect their uniform tops and verify that they were wearing the correct underwear were both insulting and disturbing. , through Hani News.
Other students said they felt raped and uncomfortable during extensive underwear checks, especially in schools where female students’ clothes were examined to see if they were wearing different bras. colors, Korean newspaper Yeoseong Shinmun reported.
A spokesperson for the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education told the JoongAng Daily that before official pressure was put on schools to adhere to the policy changes, it was difficult to bring them in. schools to change their school rules.
“Although most public schools follow our announcement, it is often blocked by the school principal, members of the board of directors or the executive committee of private schools because there is no binding legal force.” , the spokesperson told JoongAng Daily.
But these girls’ schools now have no choice but to accept the new government directive.
According to a report by Yonhap news, six of the remaining 31 schools that have such underwear regulations announced on Tuesday that they would remove their underwear policy following discussions with the Seoul Board of Education.