Facial hair is never a good idea

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Facial hair is never a good idea. If women and girls have to shave their legs to be considered socially acceptable then boys and men should have to shave their faces. It is bad enough that we live with the threat of terrorism hanging over us but do our boys and men have to look like them too?

Anthony McEwen is one of a group of Kapiti College students who have started an online petition, asking for year 13s to be allowed to wear facial hair at school.

A group of Kapiti College students have attracted international support for a petition to allow year 13s at the school to grow tidy facial hair.

What does tidy facial hair look like?


Anthony McEwen and four other students started the petition as a social studies assignment, expecting it to attract only 20 or 30 signatures from family and friends.

But it has so far received 281 signatures online, from as far afield as Auckland, Christchurch, Australia and Britain.

“They were all saying stuff like ‘What you’re doing is a great change’,” McEwen said.

“At the end of the day, 99.9 per cent of the comments are positive.”

Year 13 students were allowed to wear mufti to school, and to use makeup, he said. But if a student turns up with facial hair, he is taken from class and instructed to shave with provided equipment.

That did not fit with the rest of the dress code, McEwen said. “It’s facial hair. It’s not like everyone is staring at you.

“I don’t see, when we’re allowed to express ourselves through clothes, why we can’t express ourselves through facial hair.”

– Stuff



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