algerians post leg selfies to protest exam skirt ban

A law student was refused entry into her university exam because her skirt was too revealing.

by Charlotte Gush
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18 May 2015, 7:09pm

With everyone rushing to #freethenipple on social media these days, it's difficult to imagine how something as innocent as a skirt with a hemline above the knee could still cause offense. But unfortunately, a university in Algeria considered one female student's skirt to be so indecent that she was refused entry into her law exam.

The dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Algiers told Algerian news site TSA that he considered that matter to be "trivial", but that he supported the decision of the exam supervisor because, "Wearing a short skirt is not authorized inside the university… It's their job to uphold the rules of the faculty… it requires a decent outfit, for both girls and boys".

Algerian filmmaker Sophia Jama disagreed, telling France24 that, "What happened to that student was very harsh. She was humiliated." Believing that the issue is far from "trivial", Jama started the Facebook page called My dignity is not in the length of my skirt, posting a selfie that shows her wearing a demure summer dress, with her bare legs visible to just above the knee. On the page, she rails against the "vicious sermons" of radical Islamic preachers and condemns their use of "the woman's body [as] a battleground".

Jama's campaign went viral, and now thousands of other Algerians have joined her on Facebook. Outraged by the extreme outfit policing, both women and men have been sending in "angry legs" selfies to the Facebook page. Jama has said that she is overwhelmed by the response, warning that, "if we keep silent, we women will lose a lot from our gains, regarding our freedom in public places."

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