Remove School Dress Code in ALL schools

Remove School Dress Code in ALL schools

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Almost every single girl has to go through dress code at least once in their life. Almost all of them agree that they were judged unfairly.

A viral video initially meant to instruct students on the dress-code policy at Marcus High School in Flower Mound, Texas, drew intense criticism for depicting only girls as rule violators. In St. Louis, Oakville High School's principal is captured on video apologizing to parents after telling female students they should not show off their bodies for fear of "distracting" male classmates. And a Roman Catholic school in New Orleans came into the internet spotlight when a 6th grader was forced to leave the classroom, in tears, for having braided hair extensions, which were against the school's hair policy.

Schools with strict dress codes often claim that such regulations prevent in-class distractions, create a workplace-like environment, reduce pressures based on socioeconomic status, and deter gang activity. However, in an age of #MeToo and easy internet access, controversy is increasingly cropping up over whether excluding students from the classroom for violating dress codes is worthwhile, and whether such rules are disproportionately enforced against girls, and especially those of color.

Dress codes remove female agency and infantile girls and women. Girls should be allowed to express themselves in whatever way they feel comfortable and confident. Contrary to popular belief, girls are perfectly capable of making decisions for themselves, and should be allowed to wear whatever makes them feel beautiful. In 2020, it is an ever-growing issue that, for girls, feeling beautiful is a rarity.

When schools ban specific items like leggings or midriff-baring tops, it sends a negative message to both genders of the student body. Girls are sometimes told that their clothing is too distracting and boys can't pay attention. However, this kind of language is sexist and many anti-dress code advocates point out that it sends a message to the male student body that they are not solely responsible for their actions. It should also be noted that while the policy may state that any student should be removed from class if said student violates the dress code, females typically have to leave class to go home and change whereas males may need to make minor adjustments. For example, a common item on the school dress code is no baggy pants or vulgar t-shirts. To fix the violation, a student merely has to pull up his pants or wear his t-shirt inside out. However, equally common is the ban on leggings. Female students are frequently sent home because to fix the violation, they have to change. Not only is this embarrassing, but it disrupts her education.

We can also see that dress code is incredibly biased against girls. In most cases, the written dress code for girls is several sentences long, while for boys it is only a few basic rules. Basically, boys have to come to school not naked. Girls need to be modest and cover themselves, sometimes very excessively.

To add to this, Tangible symbols of religious expression frequently don't comply with school dress codes. For example, several students have had to fight for their right to wear a pentagram, the symbol for the Wiccan religion, to school. Similarly, Nashala Hearn was suspended from school twice for wearing her hijab, with school officials claiming the hijab did not conform with dress code policy. While federal policy generally supports freedom of religious expression in all forms that doesn't necessarily translate to schools.

By forcing a girl to go home and change, you are telling her that she is nothing but an object to please boys. HOWEVER, these boys cannot be torn away from their education by staring a girls bare shoulders.And then, the girl has to completely leave school or suffer humiliation (taking away from class time) to make sure that her male peers do not get distracted from their own education. By doing this, schools are conveying the message that a man's education is more important than her self-esteem or mental health. They are telling her that a man's education is more important than hers. 

If dress code were eliminated, the problem would be gone. Nobody cares what people wear to school unless it is an old pervert. Girls should be allowed to wear what makes them feel comfortable and beautiful.

Instead of punishing young women for expressing themselves, we need to be teaching young boys not to sexualize their female peers. We need to get rid of dress code all across the country so that schools can be overall more equal in America.

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