Revisions Needed to West Hills Middle School Dress Code

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Do you believe your daughter should be able to wear a tank top and shorts to school if she so chooses?  Under the current dress code at West Hills Middle School, girls are prohibited from wearing tank tops ["no tank tops regardless of width of straps"] and shorts ["must be at least fingertip level or longer when arms and hands are straight down to the side"].  

We are hoping that you will show your support for revising the West Hills Dress Code by signing this petition and sharing it with your family and friends!

THE MORE SUPPORT WE HAVE - THE MORE SUCCESSFUL WE WILL BE!!

Over the last year I have been researching and understanding the effects of dress codes on young females.  This originally stemmed from my work with high school girls and their struggles with body image, sexual harassment and gender bias. In my research and trying to understand dress codes from a professional perspective, from a feminist perspective, and from a parent perspective - it has become clear that it is important to begin shifting our focus away from policing what girls are wearing in the learning environment.

As the mother of both a daughter whom I want to empower and a son who is also responsible for how he treats and views women -- the time is now to look at the intention behind the West Hills Dress Code more closely and work towards revisions and updates as soon as possible.

A group of West Hills Mom's and Dad's who also feel strongly that the West Hills Dress Code needs revision have come together. We have learned that change happens when we work as a team. 

We are not suggesting that the dress code be eliminated, instead we are suggesting that a girl showing her shoulders in a tank top and her legs in shorts during the summer months should not be considered "inappropriate."  In fact, research again and again points to the harmful, long-term effects that sexualizing a girl's body (especially starting in 4th or 5th grade) has on their future body image, academic performance and contributes negatively to how boys treat and respect relationships with the opposite sex. Enforcing dress codes without considering different body types and various stages of development during this sensitive time in a child's life makes it impossible to enforce dress codes without discrimination.

We are hoping that you will show your support for revising the West Hills Dress Code by signing this petition and sharing it with your family and friends!

THE MORE SUPPORT WE HAVE - THE MORE SUCCESSFUL WE WILL BE!!

 

For further information on why gendered dress codes unfairly impact girls click on some of the articles below:



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