Dress Codes And School Dress Code Policies Essay

962 Words Mar 4th, 2015 4 Pages
Throughout the years, dress codes have become standard practice in many high schools across the country. While there may be some variation among the rules, most dress codes have a similar foundation. Many include restrictions about the length of skirts, dresses, and shorts. It is also common for there to be regulations on shirt sleeves (spaghetti straps, sleeveless shirts, etc.) as well as garments that are transparent or expose the midriff area. Most schools do not allow clothing with profanity and drug or alcohol references, or hats and other headgear. (Summers 2014) There may be other oddities and stand outs, but these make up a large chunk of high school dress code policies in America. Many of these rules are directly aimed at female students. Dress code policies in public schools that are targeted at female students are more of a hindrance than a help.
Some may argue that these rules do not apply to just the girls. Yes, that is technically true, depending on the wording a school uses. Unless a specific gender is called out or stated, a rule could apply to boys and girls alike, in theory. However, many of the types of clothing that are typically banned are not things usually worn by teenage boys. For example, most codes have a preferred length for dresses and skirts. Most teenage boys aren’t wearing dresses, or skirts. But even if they wanted to - would they be allowed to, regardless of the length? The issue of transgender students poses a whole new issue that leaves…

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