Equal Dress Code for All
Equal Dress Code for All
You may be wondering why I think that the dress code is a problem. You also may think that the dress code is fair and that there is nothing that we should change about it. But have you noticed that whenever someone is "dress coded" that it is usually all of the time a girl? Well, the truth is that most school dress codes are sexist and target girls telling them what they shouldn't wear. So here is why I think that the dress code should be changed so that it is equal for all.
According to some dress codes, they state that they don't want people wearing things that may distract other people in the school, yet the dress code only has rule for girls starting with too short of shorts, no showing of the midriff and no showing your shoulders or wearing spaghettis straps. But there are ZERO rules for males to follow. They say that if girls were to wear any of this type of clothing it would distract male students from learning, but if a male student were to wear said clothing there would be no problem. The question is, why are teachers talking to the girls about what they are wearing and not the boys that are literally staring at us and somehow getting distracted. We don't wear stuff to show off our bodies or to be a distraction to our male classmates or the schools’ staff, we wear stuff that makes us feel good about ourselves and allows us to be comfortable. If someone is distracted by our choice of clothing, it is not the clothes that is the problem, it’s the person making the judgement. We shouldn't be punished just because some boy can't respect someone's privacy and or boundaries.
Teachers and staff use the dress code as an excuse to sexualize our bodies, two girls wearing the same outfit with different body types are going to be treated differently, one will be dress-coded, while the other one will not. For instance, if you are a girl and are more developed you have a better chance at getting "dress coded" than someone that is less curvy or with voluminous breasts. This shouldn't be the way that things work. Everyone should have some basic dress-code rules, and they shouldn’t be gender specific.
The current dress code is antiquated and makes the male students/staff be the victims, as though showing a bare shoulder is going to make them loose concentration. The dress code should not be based on sexualizing female students/staff, in the contrary. Being that this is as school, it should be teaching everyone the value of respect.
As I mention that the dress code is super outdated, most were written in the 90s. that was 30 years ago, it is time for change. We need to have a dress code that is fair for all, because frankly our shoulders are not scandalous!