Importance Of Dress Codes In Schools

1089 Words5 Pages
Dress Codes Should dress codes be in schools? I vote no. Schools shouldn’t have a dress code, and here is why. Sexism, girls seem to be the only ones getting in trouble for their clothing. Our clothing is another way to express our feelings and to show people who we are. Girls are also different shapes and sizes so clothes don’t fit the same. The last thing I want to talk about is the money spent on making sure your clothes fit the dress code. Throughout this essay I will show why each of these examples are crushing girls’ self-esteem. The sexism problem is that many schools are targeting girls for violations and having dress code restrictions that sexualize students and make them seem like objects instead of humans with bodies. No one is telling male students that their shorts need to be a certain length or that they can’t bare their shoulders. The sexism in dress codes is atrocious, and it perpetuates rape culture by teaching girls that it’s their responsibility to make sure they’re not a distraction to guys who “can’t help” being distracted by the human body. One day when I am a teacher and one of my students is distracted, I pray that I do not blame it on a girl's bare shoulder. Developing a personal sense of style is essential to figuring out who you are. Part of that is figuring out how to present yourself at different types of occasions, and there’s an array of fashion to choose from. As Stanley Tucci’s character in “The Devil Wears Prada” says, fashion is “greater than art, because you live your life in it.” As an 18-year-old, I do not see a problem with shorter dresses, but a principal might believe in one. When I was 15, I did not find a problem with my collar bones, but a teacher told me there was one. Adults tend to... ... middle of paper ... ... claims to let everyone express who we are, but how can we do that if we are held back by a clothing choice. Girls are being body shamed for being a size larger. Finally new clothes to fit the school regulations are breaking the bank for many families. My wish at the end of the day is for administrators to realize the larger impact that objectifying that one inch of knee makes. If the main reasoning for policing dress codes is to teach girls how to dress more professionally, then have a seminar about professional dress when they are in high school. Interrupting a girl's education over an inch of knee showing is not going to teach her how to dress professionally. It will crush her self-esteem and show that she is to be objectified instead of respected. It is up to school administrators to decide: is policing a simple dress code worth the long-lasting negative effects?
Open Document