Sexism In School Dress Code

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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

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