Uniforms: The Use Of Dress Code In Schools

According to a survey conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics, over half of the United States’ schools have a form of dress code, yet they have not been enforced justly. Young girls have expressed their complaints about the “unfair and demeaning” use of dress code. Though having a uniform is supported by several schools in the United States, it is becoming an issue in the sense that the schools are now getting complaints about the sexism occurring due to the dress code. Uniforms were created to make students feel equal, but the problem arises when students’ misconduct with school dress code begins to take away from their own education which is ultimately the reason they come to school in the first place. In the recent trend …show more content…
Several young ladies have begun to speak out against the issue, claiming that they have felt everything but equal. Young girls have been called horrible things in public, humiliated and embarrassed in front of several people for wearing everyday clothing. In a recent incident in Noble High School (Oklahoma), a superintendent of the school district asked the student body, “Have y’all seen any skanks around this school?”, humiliating and embarrassing quite a few dress code violators as she pinpointed girls in the audience. Though it was understandable that the dress code violation be brought to their attention, many students had been wearing things that they’d wear on a daily basis such as sleeveless shirts or shorts that were a reasonable length. We have seen boys walking around campus with tank tops and the school’s staff have no intention on bringing it to their attention. But if a girl is caught in the same situation, she is immediately called out. Is this equality? Girls are expected to dress modestly, yet boys can dress as they please and be ignored for the rebellion. We are not saying that school must be lax with their enforcement on dress codes, but rather that schools apply the same regulations to both …show more content…
If a girl showing a little skin is enough to take away from the education provided, the schools have a much bigger problem at hand than they presume. Many girls have been sent home for a dress code violation due to the distraction it causes to the student body. In fact, in Menihek High School, 30+ girls were asked to leave the school premises just for showing their bra straps when wearing sleeveless shirts. One student from Menihek High School, Amber Michelin-Jones, said, "I was wearing a tank top but it covered everything except my shoulders, and they told me I had to either put on a sweater or go home and change because of my bra straps.” It is no secret that girls have to wear bras on a daily basis yet it has become a huge issue. Another student from Menihek, Maddie Plynn, explained how the dress codes are enforced to keep distractions away from boys and that even some of her guy friends were offended that the school made them out to be “uncontrolled horny monsters”. If girls can control themselves and still focus on their studies no matter what boys are wearing why is it any different for women? Our society has been taught to sexuazlize women and their bodies and that’s degrading and

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