#TeacherBae is the new social media obsession that has everyone up in arms.

In case you don’t know who #TeacherBae is (aka Patrice Brown), she is an Atlanta grade school teacher assistant under fire for wearing clothing that some think is inappropriate for a woman in her position.

Here’s a look at some of her work outfits below:

 

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Twitter users took no time expressing their disgust over her choice of clothing.

Absolutely inappropriately (for school) This is a place of business not a date, come on now!!!!”

Che’Rie @mrsdemples– @Bossip she knows what she’s doing, this is disturbing

But how exactly is the dress inappropriate? The dress comes down to her knees, covers her cleavage, and has no slits, openings, or anything else that could be deemed inappropriate.  Since she is a black woman with bodacious curves she’s automatically seen as a sexual object? This isn’t about clothing, it’s about society’s attempt to continuously police how black women should look. First it was our hair. Our curls, kinks, and coils were deemed unprofessional and only further pushed black women to turn to relaxers.  Should we get breast and ass reductions so we can conform to society’s standards? Let’s take a look at her dress on slimmer women:

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On thinner women some will say the dress looks more “appropriate” but to me, it’s a club dress either way. I did a little research and I was able to find the dress code rules as stated in the Atlanta Public Schools Employee Handbook. Under the dress code section the handbook reads: “All employees must dress in a professional manner that is appropriate for their job responsibilities and adhere to the established dress code rules. Your supervisor determines appropriate and inappropriate dress for your work activities and work site.” 

Here is a bullet-ed  list of the employee dress code :

Appropriate dress includes, but is not limited to:

  • Business suits/coordinated pants suits
  • Collared shirts with and without ties
  • Skirts
  • Dresses

To ensure that employees are professionally attired, the following are considered unacceptable:

  • Shorts (except for physical education)
  • Jeans, including overalls, of any color (acceptable only for special projects or activities
  • or related to specific job assignments)
  • Hats/headwraps
  • Immodest dress such as dress which is too short (more than three inches above the knees), tight or otherwise revealing

So what does the Atlanta school saying about all of this? Thankfully, she sort of got a slap on the wrist. The Atlanta Public School District released the following statement, “[Brown] was given guidance regarding the APS Employee Dress Code, the use of social media, and Georgia Code of Ethics for educators, and she has been cooperative in addressing her presence on social media.” As of Wednesday, it appears that Brown has  deleted all photos of herself in the classroom from her Instagram.

Should a woman with curves have to go to extreme lengths in order to not excite others? The answer is no by all means. “given guidance regarding the APS Employee Dress Code, the use of social media, and Georgia Code of Ethics for educators, and she has been cooperative in addressing her presence on social media.” I’m glad that she wasn’t fired! I’m sure she’s engaged with faculty members, parents with outfits like that, but of course society had an issue with her dress wear.

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