I’m sure everybody knows about the strict dress codes all around America. Schools apparently enforce these to help students focus on school and make sure the building is appropriate. Saying that sounds....well..acceptable, normal, understandable. But, dress codes have been used to target girls and show racism. For example, girls wearing any sort of tank top. Whether, it’s spaghetti straps or inch thick straps. They will be singled out and told to change because they show their SHOULDERS. The same schools allow boys to wear tank tops. The typical American public school dress code for girls is:
-No tank tops
-No showing stomach
-No ripped jeans(some don’t have this and some have no rips above the knees.)
-No shorts above the knee.
Plenty of girls are forced to wear knee-length skirts/shorts. The only problem with shorts should be if they are blatantly showing their butt. By singling out girls and telling them that showing your shoulders is too inappropriate and sexual. Showing your thighs is disgusting and inappropriate. Showing your collarbone is too “revealing”. Girls hear this all the time in schools. By saying this you are body-shaming. Making them think, am I really disgusting and inappropriate. Will people look at me that way? As that type of girl?
Boys have a dress code to make it look fair, but the dress code is basically, don’t come to school in your underwear. If girls can control themselves while boys wear loose tank tops showing their stomachs, arms, shoulders, and even short shorts. (Boys are allowed to wear short shorts but not girls?) Then, I think boys can muster up enough self-control to not be distracted by a girl’s collarbone, shoulders, or legs. If they are. That is not the girl’s fault and not their problem. Those boys should be the ones having to change stuff if they cannot be mature and be respectful when a girl is wearing normal clothing. They are refusing to blame the boys but instead call out the girls for what they are wearing. Breaking down their confidence and self-esteem; Then schools apparently encourage confidence in your body and looks. The next moment they are body shaming a girl for showing her shoulders in 100-degree weather. Boy comes to school shirtless? Oh, well. That is more distracting than shoulders. If men(teachers, staff), and boys cannot control themselves, you do not take away a girl’s privileges because of that. It is flat-out body shaming them and making them feel like girls have to dress a certain way or else they are some sort of well, inappropriate girl.