By: Kayla Pinkerman
I’m just going to say it how it is. Many school dress codes are sexist and unfair. Policymakers don’t consider that there are many different body shapes and students with long arms and/or legs. Following dress codes is a struggle for students whose arms reach past mid-thigh. Some live in warmer climates; are these students expected to wear jeans all year because of something they can’t control?
Also, do rule-makers know how hard it is to find jeans with little to no rips? In many stores for girls our age, it’s hard to find jeans that aren’t ripped. Even if you do, the prices may vary significantly.
On top of those issues, dress codes are extremely sexist. My friend wanted to see if her guy friends could get away wearing shorts that are shorter than the dress code. The rule on shorts for that particular school was that the shorts have to go past your fingertips if you stand up. So she asked her friends to wear some athletic shorts that a girl would usually be sent home for. They made it through a whole school day. She told me that they walked past administers, and they said absolutely nothing.
They were doing this because earlier in the week, the school announced that girls couldn’t wear a specific type of athletic shorts. Where I live, it gets to a heat index of almost 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Now girls can only wear long shorts, but guys can run around in shorts that we would be sent home for.
Dress codes can also make students feel self-conscious. As a result of the dress code, there are many girls who may start to think things like “am I a distraction?” or “do I really need to hide my body?”
Teachers and staff at the schools say they are trying to prepare us for life after high school. So, instead of teaching girls to not be a distraction, we should teach boys not to be distracted.