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Dress Codes

Are you attracted to shoulders, lower thighs too much for you, frightened by a bandanna wearing teen? Schools everywhere apparently think this way.

School dress codes today are too strict. There are appropriate, modest outfits out there that are not allowed in school.

One of the reasons for school dress code is that clothing items can be a distraction. This results in making that person go home or change saying that other’s learning is more important than their own. It also says that one cannot control oneself when they see a shoulder or skin above the knees.

School dress codes teach people rape culture. It tells women to shame and cover even appropriate parts of their body for fear that they will be blamed if a male assaults them. This fact also can make people feel public embarrassment of being sexualized when called out for their dress code violation and having to change.

In many school handbooks they have unisex dress rules but some have separate rules for male and female students. This brings up a lot of issues with cross dressing and identifying in a particular way.

There is a unquestionable gap between the views of the adults and teens today especially when it comes to sexuality. For many teens gay is okay. They are fine with people showing who they are, even cross dressing is fine.

Many adults were raised on the ideas that gay is bad because of religious beliefs and going as far as cross dressing isn’t even a thought they seem to have when making the rules. Some adults and schools have even gone as far as removing a girl’s photo from the yearbook because she wore a tuxedo, promptly changing the rule to be gender specific as other schools have done after coming across males in skirts or boys in boots.

The issue can be solved in multiple ways. Uniforms is an idea often brought up but that really just limits children and teens even more. Some schools say that students are only allowed to buy from a certain store and all their clothes worn to school must be from that store. Still that takes away from identifying oneself.

We should just find a middle ground. Gang related clothing is understandably banned, other clothing not so much. We, teens and adults, should communicate more, explain both sides and come to an understanding. Teens just want a say in what they wear so we can be comfortable and express ourselves.

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