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Change The Dress Code

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Right now, female students are being grossly sexualized at Montclair High School. The newly reinforced dress code disproportionately targets female students for wearing summer clothing, sending them home to put on more modest attire, despite the high temperatures inside of the classrooms. School is a place for learning, not a place where students should be removed from class in order to be reprimanded for dressing in the clothing that is made available to them and that society encourages them to wear. Frequently, female students are told to "dress for their bodies” which is an issue outside of the schools jurisdiction. Wearing shorts and a tank top does not impede upon a female student's ability to learn, nor should it impede upon the ability of a teacher to teach . This strict dress code perpetuates rape culture by suggesting to girls that their way of dress is punishable and justifies their sexualization. It suggests that it is their responsibility to dress modestly as to keep from “distracting” their male counterparts. This is a ridiculous sentiment and is offensive to both males and females. The true issue lies in a culture that sexualizes girls, not in the supposed tantalizing nature of spaghetti-straps.



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