More and more American schools are sexualizing children.
They’ve taken it a step further by encouraging teens to bind their breasts, a practice known to pose health risks.
The Daily Caller states, “Schools in Minnesota, Maryland, California, Illinois, and Massachusetts are among the hundreds of schools that offer GSA clubs that promote “chest binding” — the practice of crushing healthy breast tissue — to teenage girls. Some schools, including Waltham High School in Massachusetts, raise money to purchase chest binders for teen girls who cannot afford them.”
Not only are they encouraging breast binders and buying, but organizations are also providing guidelines for girls that can’t wear chest binders, such as wearing two sports bras, according to The Daily Caller. These same guidelines teach girls how to breathe while wearing a chest binder. However, the guidelines acknowledge that it can be dangerous for teens.
The Daily Caller further states, “Chicago Public Schools informed students that ‘using a binder or tucking’ — the practice of concealing male genitalia —
‘during physical education can significantly positively impact student’s mental health.’ In the same guide, the District noted that binding ‘can also pose physical risks or limitations on the student’s body.’”
The Daily Caller points out, “Analysis from the Cleveland Clinic indicates that there is minimal data to determine the safety of chest binding practices. Side effects of chest binding include, but are not limited to, musculoskeletal issues such as “loss of muscle mass, postural changes, rib fractures, and shoulder popping.”
It’s terrific that schools are reaching out to provide a safe and healthy environment for everyone. However, they’re out of line when they encourage teenagers to participate in activities that cause shortness of breath, rib bruising, and possible fractures. There are limited studies to determine the long-term effects on posture, too. This decision should be left up to parents, not schools that can’t seem to stop overreaching.