The Shocking School Dress Code

Heather McCreary, Staff Reporter

The school Dress Code has been a common debate for many years, especially among students who don’t approve. Some believe its policies are correct but others, do not. The school Dress Code is unfair and sexist; it should be rewritten to give the girls more slack.

I can’t think of one single reason why our shorts have to be specifically three inches above our knees. Girls have every right to be comfortable with what they wear and that shouldn’t be dictated by whether a boy will find it “distracting” or not. I’m not saying girls should just freely wear whatever they want because then it would get out of hand, but perhaps maybe you could give us girls some slack.

My first claim has to be against the argument that says girls can’t wear the clothes because it’s too distracting to boys. From personal experience, I have been called choice words for wearing shorts that were short because I felt that they were comfortable enough to run with tennis.

The boys seem to be be super concerned with it. The boys take the dress code and analyze you for call you names if you don’t abide by it. Schools are afraid of giving us less rules for the dress code because we’ll take it too far. Isn’t the boys calling us names for it too far? Or is that just not regarded? The girls have to be monitored and closely watched after because of what we find comfortable and the boys get to be perverted and excused.

According to HELLOFLO, “In general, dress codes do exist for a few good reasons—but when the primary focus shifts from education to appearance, the overall goal is blurred with hypocrisy. Teachers focus on implementing rules instead of teaching core concepts and students as a whole are taught to analyze each others’ appearance instead of the white board.”

Education should be number one, but when the boys decide to personally call out a girl for being out of dress code, what really are they learning? To pay attention to people’s appearance instead of minding their own business? The dress code could become a big distraction.

According to The Orange County Register, “Laura Bates, co-founder of The Everyday Sexism Project, wrote in a recent opinion piece in Time magazine: “When a girl is taken out of class on a hot day for wearing a strappy top, because she is ‘distracting’ her male classmates, his education is prioritized over hers.

When a school takes the decision to police female students’ bodies while turning a blind eye to boys’ behavior, it sets up a lifelong assumption that sexual violence is inevitable and victims are partially responsible. Students are being groomed to perpetuate the rape culture narrative that sits at the very heart of our society’s sexual violence crisis.””

In the future, think of what’s possible if you let this go. The girls getting dress coded for being comfortable are in way, labeled as less than the boys. The boys get to laugh at the girls getting dress coded and the school stills give the boys the excuse to be perverted. The boys behaviors need to be stopped before it’s too late.

According to  ALJAZEERA AMERICA, “Schools must develop policies that do not shame girls or underestimate boys by assuming that they cannot be expected to behave appropriately around girls who show any skin. The shaming of the female form — and the blaming of girls for being girls, while excusing boys for being boys — are the real disruption to and, yes, distraction from the educational environment.”

What will happen in the future when they are adults? No one’s going to pamper them or tell them to control themselves. They’re teaching girls that this is the way it’s going to be and the girls can’t wear what they want because the boys won’t able to handle it.

Lastly, please understand that I’m not saying all boys are like this but the majority are at this place. Give the girls a chance to be comfortable and give the boys a chance to be mature. Teaching the boys how to act properly and control themselves might change the factors in the dress code. We deserve to be comfortable and not have to dress in long baggy clothing. Give us girls some slack.