Sexist School Dress Code

Sexist School Dress Code

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Maren Cargill started this petition to Clinton Township School Board

In most schools there is a dress code. A simple dress code is needed in schools to assure that students aren't dressing sexually or inappropriately. But in schools they are taking it overboard. I'm Maren Cargill and I am 13. I go to Clinton Township Middle School and I believe they have a sexist dress code. The code really only pertains to the girls in our middle school. Our shorts have to be longer than our fingertips when we put our hands to our sides. This is unfair because some girls have really long arms and some girls have short arms and they can get away with much more than long-armed students can. There is also a dress code for tank tops. The straps have to be 3 fingers wide when most stores that sell tank tops aren't dress code safe. which brings me to my next point, stores do not sell clothes that are within the dress code. it is immensely hard to find a pair of girls shorts that is a little bit above the knee. most shorts that are sold in popular teen stores like Abercrombie, American Eagle, Hollister, and others do not sell those kind of shorts. Even in stores for younger children dress code friendly shorts are not sold. Take Abercrombie Kids for example; the shorts they sell there are short but normal short size. the schools are saying that we can not wear normal length shorts, and some families have to go out and shop just for shorts that their children can wear to school and most of the time you can even find any that stay within the dress code policy. I'm not saying there shouldn't be a dress code at all, I'm saying they definitely need to change it. Instead of making student's pants be longer than finger tip length they should have it be fist length because thats how short shorts in most stores are and it will be easier and more accessible to buy. They should also let the tank tops be spaghetti straps because showing shoulders is not scandalous or sexual. The teachers also need to be fair about calling students out about breaking dress code. For example, if a student is wearing a pear of Nike shorts and a teacher says they are too short and dress codes her and another girl is wearing the same pair of nike shorts then they need to also be dress coded. I think the most important point to make her is that girls are held to a different standard than boys when it comes to clothing. I've never seen a boy get dress coded because the girls were distracted by his clothing. In fact I've never heard of any boy being dress coded. If you agree that the dress code is completely sexist and unfair then we need your signature. We need change. 

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