Student Dress Code Essay

1134 WordsNov 22, 20175 Pages
A popular debate topic in today’s school system is the concept of student dress codes. The idea of a school dress code tends to mainly target female entire however, males are still affected by it. Girls, no matter what their age or where they are from, are being sexualized for wearing clothing that doesn’t cover their shoulders. People are accusing young females of wearing “distracting” outfits, which is jeopardizing their male classmate’s education. Not only is this shaming girls, but it is also suggesting that boys cannot control their sexual desires. Fortunately, Susanna Heller’s article for the Insider titled “A high school updated its dress code to be more bodypositive – and it’s about time”, discusses a high school in Illinois that…show more content…
Her article discusses the many benefits of adopting this new policy however, it fails to expand on the main issues of the dress code debate and lacks details regarding the topic of intersectionality. The main topic of this article is how the new body-positive dress code will improve all students learning environments. This article takes a positive viewpoint of the new dress code of Evanston Township High School in Illinois. The article does an excellent job explaining how this new policy promotes an inclusive learning environment for all students. It also states that the new dress code “ensures that all students are treated equally regardless of race, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, cultural observance, household income or body type/size” (Heller, 2017). This statement ultimately says the goal of the dress code is to combat intersectionality in the school. Intersectionality can be defined as the interconnectedness of social categories that create an overlapping system of discrimination or disadvantage in society. In the course textbook, factors of intersectionality include; social or economic status, race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, geographic location, citizenship, and nationalities and/or refugee and immigrant status (Hobbs & Rice, 2013). By looking at the many factors of intersectionality, it
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