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Dress Codes

Dress Codes

Megan Hutchins No Comment

It’s 80 degrees F outside and just as hot inside your school.Would you rather wear jeans and a t-shirt or shorts and a tank top.Obviously you would pick the cooler option of the tank top and shorts.But as of right now you don’t even have the choice.It’s all thanks to the DRESS CODE. Dress codes have been revamped and are strictly focusing on what girls are allowed to wear.

Schools are pulling girls out of class for showing their shoulders and thighs… and it’s ridiculous. Even though they pull girls out of class the faculty embaresses them, slut shame them, or sometimes they even suspend them.But the worst part is that they think that what they are saying is fine and doing what they are doing is by no mean wrong and mean.But that’s a lie. I think that one of the first steps we need to take is to educate faculty in our schools. Right now they don’t get that what they are doing affects girls and really puts them down.

We are not trying to distract boys from school.According to Nathania Fields, a rising senior at Campus Magnet High School in New York: “I think a lot of the time girls wear what they wear to feel more confident in themselves. The attention from men is, I don’t know, extra.” We also don’t really know what to do with this extra attention from boys and faculty. Just like they boys we are trying to learn. How  are we supposed to learned if we get pulled out of class for what we are wearing.

At LHS (Lewiston High School) we are not aloud to show their shoulders wear clothing that is too tight nor clothes that are too big.But boys are not disciplined when their pants are so baggy that you can see their underwear.How should girls act when they’re being singled out for wearing something.Ecspecially when boys are where the equivalent and aren’t punished.It is a total double standard and totally unfair.

When I was in 8th grade my friend was dress coded for wearing shorts that were past her fingertips.All the faculty had to say was that they were distracting and that she couldn’t wear them again unless she wanted to be punished. . Also when i was in 3rd grade i was told i had to keep my sweatshirt on all day because i was wearing a halter top dress for picture day.I find it amazing that the schools are making the boys’ education more important than the girls’ education.

Dress codes right now are a hot topic in the united states. With school just starting and it being 70+ degrees many people are getting dress coded. Girls are only dressing to be comfortable. Wearing jeans and a t-shirt can be very uncomfortable in that weather. So we either are uncomfortable or  “distracting” to boys.

When you interrupt a girl’s school day to force her to change her clothes or send her home because her shorts are too short or you can see her bra strap it’s telling her that hiding her body is more important than her education. it also shows her that she has to make sure that boys have a distraction free education is more important than her education. This makes her think she is a sexual object. It says that her confidence should be shunned not rewarded. What’s more distracting -looking at  girl’s’ shoulders or being pulled from class, humiliated, and made to change outfits before you’re allowed to learn?  

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Hey it’s Megan. I am a SMJI for Youth MOVE Maine. I am a short, sassy person who can sometimes get too loud. I am obsessed with YouTube, Dunkin Donuts Iced Tea, and Troye Sivan. But, I’m really just trying to leave this Blue Neighbourhood.

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