Roton Middle School Dress Code

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The Roton Middle School Dress code is a way to tell girls that they cannot wear what they feel comfortable in for the sake of boy's education. Let me tell you a bit about the dress code. We cannot wear short shorts, tank tops (unless you want to wear a muscle tank), spaghetti straps, ripped jeans, short skirts, or off the shoulder shirts. Girls should feel comfortable with what they wear, not comfortable with what people are telling them to wear.

The reason we have our dress code is so people do not get distracted. They say people, but they just mean guys. "Oh, I'm sorry. Were my shoulders distracting you? My bad." What guys need to do is learn how to control themselves. It is not girl's fault that some people can't control themselves.

This actually goes against women's rights. We should be going forward rather than backward. What's pushing middle school girls backwards is the fact that we have to sacrifice something for the sake of guys. What does this teach us? Only to be followers in men's footsteps, rather than leading ourselves to a different path. 

The dress code is discriminative. If my shoulders are distracting, then who's to say that someone's facial hair is distracting me. Would you make that person shave? If someone's muscles were distracting, would you make him wear a sweatshirt? If I think that a guy's hair is too long and it is distracting me, would you tell him to cut it? No. Because it is either not their fault that they have that, or it is what they choose. It is what they feel comfortable in. But if a girl wears an off the shoulder top, she is told to put on a sweatshirt.

Two weeks ago, I wore a loose shirt. It was white and flowy with blue flowers at the top. A completely appropriate shirt. But it had spaghetti straps. I was soon told to put on a sweatshirt. I was also wearing jean shorts and was told by a teacher, "Where are the rest of your shorts?" I was not dress coded for my shorts, but I was for my shirt. For the rest of the day, I was wearing a sweatshirt, constantly pulling my shorts down. I went from having a confident Thursday morning, to an uncomfortable afternoon. I shouldn't feel ashamed of what I have worn.

Let me tell you a story. This is hypothetical, but it has happened to many girls in the past. It's 90 degrees and a girl named Cat decides to wear a loose blue tank and her favorite jean shorts with lace at the bottom. She gets to her NONAIRCONDITIONED  school and was glad she dressed for the weather. She is passing to her first-period class and is told by a teacher that her shoulders are distracting and she must change. The only thing she had was a sweatshirt so she put it on. Then she was told to change her pants but the only pants she had were sweatpants in her gym locker. Once again, she changed. By recess time, she was so hot, she couldn't even concentrate on her work. By the end of the day, Cat had sacrificed her learning day for a day of sweating. Why was this day wasted for her? Because someone told her so. 

No, I am not saying that there should be no dress code. No one wants to see someone's underwear. Also, some of the dress code has to do with safety. These rules we should keep. But it is not ok to put a boy's education, in front of a girl's confidence when the guy can control himself. I am not asking for a big change. Simply to have tank tops and spaghetti straps. We should be able to wear crop tops, just not EXTREME ones. 

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