Done with the Dress Code

Should there be a change?


Darby Cash

As I am sure all of you know, schools have dress codes, but I am also sure that most of you question it. Why wouldn’t you? Us girls can’t have holes in our jeans, we can’t show our shoulders, and shorts and skirts make us look like we are just “asking for it”; or at least that’s what we’re made to believe. Guys must follow this dress code too, but they always get a lesser punishment or aren’t even punished at all. It’s honestly ridiculous and I know we’re tired of it. Not to even mention the fact that if we show even the slightest bit of cleavage, we are made to feel like we might as well not even have on a shirt. Which it is very difficult for girls more fully developed to control. The gender stereotypes that the dress code is based on is bogus.

Let’s talk pants. No holes, no leggings under jeans with holes, and if leggings are worn alone our shirt must basically go to our knees for it to be appropriate. We might as well be wearing dresses (if they’re not too short).  I remember in middle school when they would literally take a ruler to the girl’s leg to make sure it wasn’t any more than two inches above the knee. I am not sure if they still do that here, but I have yet to experience it firsthand or see it, thankfully. I even remember getting mad in elementary school because they would tell me my shorts were too short even though they went halfway down my thigh. And don’t even get me started on how hard it is to find cute jeans with no holes or at least patched holes. I think that we should be able to have holes if there are none on the back of the jeans or just have one or two very large slits down the front. Because like I have previously said, it is VERY hard to find jeans with absolutely no holes. Now moving on to leggings… I’m sorry but we do not want to have to basically wear a dress every time we want to wear leggings mainly for the fact that we don’t want detention.

Time for shirts. I don’t think the teachers realize how hot it gets in Georgia during the spring and autumn months because they are always in their 32-degree room. Well, news flash, it gets very hot. We are not allowed to wear any tank tops though because god forbid someone sees our shoulders. Also, I don’t know if I am the only one who has noticed this, but nicer-flowy shirts usually have V-shaped neckline but see that’s a no-go because if we show any amount of cleavage then we get punished. It’s not fair to girls who are more developed because they don’t get to wear the same shirt as someone with a flat chest or else, we get labeled.

Girls should not be punished because little boys and men can’t keep it together if we show more skin then what is on our face. It’s not fair that we are the ones who get thought of harshly when it’s the boys over sexualizing our bodies in their minds. Instead of teaching girls that if you’re not modest with your clothing then you’re “asking for it”, we need to teach males and even other women to respect each other no matter what they should choose to wear.