The school dress code is a very controversial topic for boys and girls but mostly girls. They treat girl from a young age that we should be ashamed of our bodies and cover up because we're too distracting to the boys. Yes there does have to be some restrictions to the dress code but others that say our sholder is to distracting is taking it to far. Girls should be proud of themselves and really the dress code is tearing down their confidence. If were to distracting to the boys for even just showing a little bit of shoulder that boy should be talked to that girls shouldn't just be seen as an object of pleasure and that there human to. Instead of doing something like that we are told to cover up and should be ashamed for even showing even a little bit of our shoulders or stomach. We do however do need a dress code so people don’t just
“Why are you wearing that” “Isn’t that a little too short” these statements and many more are phrases students hear every day from their school administrators and teachers because of out of date dress codes. Dress codes are becoming more and more of a problem with the uprising society. While there should be a dress code so students look more professional. School dress codes are being sexist against females and discriminating girls through rape culture, discrimination, and body shaming.
Almost all schools in the United States, private or public, have dress codes. Some are more strict than others, and some don’t have one at all. In my opinion, all dress codes are unnecessary and extremely degrading to all genders. Females are targeted specifically for dress codes, and there are many reasons they should not exist or even be considered.
Before arguing, I would like to provide some information about dress codes. Students have been complying to dress codes all of their lives. You can only wear certain clothing to school. Some families require that their children wear specific clothing to church on Sundays. School music programs require students to dress nice for concerts or events. In the past few years some girls have begun to notice unfair rules in dress codes. Li Zhou, an editorial fellow at the Atlantic Newspaper, stated that, “according to the Education Commission of the states, in the U.S., over half of public schools have a dress code, which frequently outline gender specific policies “. Female students feel they are being targeted by dress codes. Many of the school's dress codes do not limit what males wear. They just assume they won't be the problem. There are a few schools that regulate what males wear, but they just focus on the design on the shirt that they are wearing. The dress codes in school are used to limit what students wear in school. Some of them may need to be revised.
The people who are in charge of creating the school dress code don’t think of girls feelings, or their need to be an individual. There are also some unnecessary rules in schools, and what schools deemed inappropriate or distracting. The schools are taking some of the girls rights away. I believe that the dress code for the younger generation is too focused on girls, and it’s way too strict. Students should not have to wear school uniforms, some schools went for believing it would get rid of competition.
School dress codes send a loud and clear message, “Your individuality is inconvenient.” (Rowland 22). The constitution guarantees the right to free speech,which can be interpreted as the right to freedom of self expression, and students use clothing to express themselves. Another message that dress codes send is that “the self identity that you want to express does not belong here.” Self expression is not an inconvenience or a distraction, it is the lifeblood of our nation. (Rowland 22). Schools tell students that they should be confident in themselves, but how can they if they cannot express themselves? School dress codes now are more about shielding the boys then protecting the girls which implies that boys are immature. Calling a girl’s clothes distracting is implying that she is at fault for any disruptions. “That 's like saying that because a store has a cash register, it 's the store 's fault if it gets robbed!” (Menza 1). Students are going to be distracted anyways. Sexist dress codes are like saying that an article of clothing, or a body part showing on a female will distract male students from learning. Dress codes should be simple for both genders, everyone should wear clothing that covers up the same area. With dress codes, students are forced to dress the same as other students, taking the individuality out of school, but schools try to send the message, you are individual. Figure 1 shows a strict dress codes for both students and
Dress codes are not helping schools like they are meant to do; they are actually harming students in the school. Dress codes shame students and make them insecure about their bodies. They also disrupt precious class time that is vital to students. Buying clothes to fit the school dress code is costlier than some families can afford. Not only are dress codes stifling, but they are also unfair toward specific body types and different genders. Dress codes also decrease a student’s ability to be different from all of their peers in the way they dress. Schools should not have dress codes because they are sexist, unfair and disrupt class time.
It’s commonly believed that boys will be too distracted to learn because of the way a girl is dressed. For fear of distracting boys, girls are being taken away from their education. A mother of a student that goes to a school in New England wrote a blog post all about how she’s fed up with the way the school is treating girls because of the dress code. At this school girls are being shamed, kicked out of proms, and even called skanks by those in authority. (Mangiacotti, "Back Off, Dress Codes. This Is Not Your Call.")
For years there have been debates on whether or not dress codes in schools are necessary for student success. Schools should not dictate what students wear to make them feel better about themselves. Strict school dress codes have not been shown to improve either behavior or academic achievement. It is time for schools to abandon these strict dress codes. Dress codes can only harm students in the long run. It stops them from expressing themselves and stifles their creativity. Strict dress codes send the wrong message to students saying that what they wear is sometimes more important than their education. Dress codes can also impose on a student's exploration of their gender identity. From middle school into high school are the ages where children
Dress code is teaching girls that’s it’s not okay to wear shorts or tank tops because “boys will be boys” and we need to cover up to create a distraction free learning environment for them. The blame is being forced upon the girls, saying that it is our fault for how boys perceive us. We need to teach male faculty and students to stop over-sexualizing a woman's body. These rules are degrading girls and making them feel bad about their bodies all because a boy can’t control himself in front of us. Why are we teaching boys that it’s okay to blame girls for their lack of self control? Dress code promotes rape culture and sexism, how could anyone think that that is
Some people say dress code is causing girls to body shame themselves. It may not seem like it, but this is something that is having a very negative impact on girls. According to the article “Enforcing school dress codes teaches girls to be ashamed, not ‘modest’”, some parents and educators believe young women’s outfits-their bodies really- are too distracting for men to be expected to comfort themselves with dignity and respect. ”Instead of teaching girls math or literature, schools are
In class we have to pick an issue that teens deal with in life. The issue that I picked is dress codes. The reason I picked dress codes is because it is one of the one of biggest issues that teens deal with today. In this paper we are going to talk about dress codes and why they are good for teens and why they should have them.
Why should schools modify their dress codes? All throughout the United States, schools have dress codes. Some dress codes have meaning full and low dress code rules, others have rules that make teens feel uncomfortable and get punished for. Daily students are judged on how they dress. Dealing with a dress code takes time and effort for a teen to understand why they are being punished.
How many times have you heard of a child being sent home due to their outfit? In so many towns and cities there is ridiculous dress codes. Most of the dress codes are directed towards females. These rules somewhat make them feel as if they have to hid their bodies so they won’t distract men. High school dress codes are detrimental to all student’s confidence outside and inside the classroom.