September 25, 2008
Hamilton, Ohio (The Weekly Vice) -- Matt Allsup, a 13-year-old student at Garfield Middle School in Hamilton, Ohio is fighting for "his right" to wear make up - and his mother is fighting right along with him.
At a time when most of the country is talking about lipstick on pigs, Matt Allsup and his mother Mindy Ball are engaged in another kind of lipstick issue. Mother and son are fighting school administrators who ordered Allsup to remove the makeup he was wearing Monday, citing that it was a distraction and violated the school dress code.
The makeup Matt wore, which is meant more as a goth look rather than a "girly" look, involves the application of lipstick, eye makeup and black fingernail polish.
Matt's mother Mindy told reporters that she stands behind her son's right to wear makeup at school 100% and believes the school is violating her son's rights.
"They're gender stereo-typing. He's being sexually discriminated against," said Ball. "Nowhere in the rules does it say that males can't wear makeup."
"When I spoke to the principal, she told me it was distracting because of the black makeup," said Ball. "I said, 'Well, I'll get him pink,' and [the principal] said, 'No, because he's a male, he's not allowed to wear it, the public don't accept males wearing make-up."
Allsup and his mother have since vowed to fight the school's ban on wearing makeup. Besides taking their case to the media, they have said they plan to hire an attorney and pursue the matter in court.
Hamilton School District spokesperson Joni Copas said both females and males will be asked to remove makeup that is deemed to be 'too harsh'. She also stated there have been no further incidents at the school since Allsup removed his makeup.
The Weekly Vice Opinion:
So what do you think about this issue? Should a male have the right to wear make up at school? What if he decided to wear a skirt to school? Should it matter?
It's actually surprising to us that the issue hasn't already been beaten to death already. It's been 20 years since I've been in high school, but even then, guys sometimes wore goth style makeup and had ear piercings. I can't remember a high school year that we didn't have some guy trotting down the hall between classes with a fully fanned mohawk that stood a foot high.
It was only a distraction for the first few days as students wondered what school administrators would do about it. When everyone realized that it was a non-issue to teachers and school staff - it became a non-issue to the kids, and the school year proceeded on as usual.
If a boy wants to look like he's been kissing a cow's behind, then so be it. He'll learn to let go of things like black make up a lot faster when he realizes no value comes from it. Not because school admins consider his interests of no value. Just my humble opinion.
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Posted by Danny Vice at 10:22:00 PM