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May 16, 2014

French schoolboys wear skirts to defy sexism

Students partake in "Skirt Day" despite protests from conservative groups.

Students dressed with a skirt as part of the so called "Ce que souleve la jupe" ("What raises the skirt?") event in high schools arrive at their school, on May 16, 2014 in Nantes, France. (AFP/JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD)

In taking a stand against sexism, male students in the French city of Nantes ditched their pants and wore skirts to class on Friday. The "What Raises the Skirt" anti-sexism campaign was launched on Thursday by elected high school student representatives. Twenty-seven schools in the city signed up for the event that was sanctioned by the Ministry of Education. The event took place despite criticism and protest on and off-line from various conservative groups.

Using #JourneeDeLaJupe (Skirt Day), French netizens discussed the controversial campaign.