A Terrebonne Parish girl will be allowed to wear a tuxedo to her senior prom after all. Nason Authement, parish secondary education supervisor, says an exception to the policy that boys must wear tuxes or suits and girls must wear dresses or gowns will be made for 19-year-old Monique Verdin. Authement says the policy is based on long-held tradition, but will probably be changed now that attorneys have said it would not hold up in court. The ACLU of Louisiana says schools barring girls in tuxes or boys in dresses, or barring same-sex dates, are in violation of the law.
It’s pretty amazing the extent to which our society goes to formally sanction gender-inappropriate attire, while simultaneously insisting that rigid gender norms are part of the law of nature.