Schools costly. Teens tend to be very picky when

Schools could be worrying about budgets,
fire drills, danger in the classroom and/or safety of the students. Instead, they
fret about a bare shoulder or an open knee. These girls are told to change for
the comfort of the boys. “It distracts the boys” is not a good reason. “It distracts
the male teachers” is way worse (DULKA).This is not the
1920’s. Women can vote, women can work, but we cannot decide what to wear to
school on their own? Strict school dress codes do more damage than good.

Not only is it a right to choose what one
wears, but being forced to change is just demeaning. Especially when girls feel
there was nothing wrong with ones choice of clothing (Lindsay).  Being forced to change is often embarrassing,
and lowers their self-esteem. Then, it’s okay to count a girl absent, when she
is sent home? It doesn’t make sense. Strict dress codes
interfere with the learning of female students, not the males. For the parents,
it can be costly. Teens tend to be very picky when it comes to clothes. Buying teenagers
clothes they cannot wear to school because the straps are not wide enough, or
shorts that are not long enough is a waste of money. Teenagers might simply be
trying to look good and be fashionable, but an adult may perceive her outfit as
sending a sexual message. While this may effect some boys, this is an issue
mostly targeted at girls. As for male and female dress codes,
the general understanding is there are fewer options for males, therefore fewer
opportunities to wear something inappropriate, but boys wear shorts above their
knees all the time. Girls cannot do that. What makes a man’s thigh is different
than a women’s? It’s simply sexist.

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If he cannot control himself around a
shoulder, why is the girl sent home to change and not the boy who obviously has
more of an issue? Women have always been seen as objects for pleasure to men
and it’s time to end this. By treating tank tops like a crime,
it sends the message to these girls’ male peers that if a girl is wearing such
“revealing” clothing, she’s asking to be sexualized and it is okay to
do so. Girls often get bullied because they get dress coded. Her
confidence and pride she takes in her appearance is stripped from her when she
is told that she is dressing inappropriately.  Requiring a school uniform eliminates the
pressure to wear name brand clothing, but a dress code simply does not. Dress
codes limit clothing options, school uniforms define clothing options (McConville).  Overall, there is no evidence that supports a
reduction in violence due to school uniforms. Bullies are smart. They will just
find some other way to show status. Who went on the best trip this summer? Who
drives the best car? If kids want to pick on someone about how rich or how poor
they are, clothes are one obvious path to take but there are a lot more options
(jeffords).

Big companies use young girls to promote
their clothing. Victoria Secret is a good example of this. Victoria’s Secret’s
marketing technique was known for the Photo shopped ads of Angels to the
outrageously produced fashion show, where now it relies on its logo front and
center of all of its clothing. There are girls as young as 6th grade
sporting this brand, intended for college students. The company uses sayings
like “Wild Things” or “Kiss Me” on the rear of their sweatpants, shorts, and
underwear. Girls wearing Victoria Secret clothing to school just promotes their
company even more. A dress code that regulates this way of marketing would help
schools.

Clothing is one of the many ways of expressing
themselves for students. Still, schools across the globe often debate with
whether to enforce strict dress code policies that may restrict with a
students’ right to self-expression. Some dress codes are so ridiculous they ban
the colors red and blue because of their gang affiliation. A Utah high school even
changed school pictures, adding in higher sleeves and necklines to the photos
of female students. Many school dress codes also deal with hair. A Colorado
girl who shaved her head in support of a friend with cancer, violated her
school’s dress code and was suspended from school for a whole day. At a school
in Florida, students are forced to change into an outfit of a bright shirt and
sweatpants that read “DRESS CODE VIOLATION.” More than 50% of schools
nationwide require a strict dress code or school issued uniform (Swan) . Dress codes are
bad because the dress codes unfairly target girls. Dress codes send a message
to girls that if they are harassed by the boys, it is their own fault. It gives
girls the impression that one should be guilty for how the boys control
themselves and act around us.

 Dress codes, when applied only to women, go
beyond regulating behavior and maintaining innocence. When a dress code
restricts a women’s freedom, it’s used to shame women for loving their bodies.
Dress codes that prohibit tank tops tell women that their shoulders need to be
covered because they can be seen sexually. Dress codes that ban crop tops tell
young women that their stomachs are something to be ashamed of and hide. There
is an issue with oversexualizing women, then telling them to hide their bodies.

 No, one should not have an issue with Target
requiring their employees to wear red and khaki. No, one should not have an
issue with a third grade teacher asking that her students wear closed-toed
shoes to school for safety on the playground. What one should have an issue
with is when young women are punished for wearing what is trendy and/or what
makes them feel good about themselves (DULKA). What one should not
be okay with is when girls are told to hide their bodies “for the boys”. Strict
school dress codes do more damage than good.