Has Dress Code Gone Too Far?

Where do I begin.. shoulders, do they turn you on?

Every school has a dress code. A dress code is needed but is it been taken too far?

The dress code is a policy to keep students from dressing inappropriately, but still letting them express themselves.

When I hear about someone getting dress coded, 98% of the time it’s a girl. Most of the times when it is a girl, it is unnecessary. And this is when the dress code crosses a line.

At a certain point it just embarrasses the girls and sexualizes them. And it’s even worse because we’re in high school still trying to find ourselves and our hormones are everywhere.

In my experience I’ve only been in trouble once for my outfit. However, I didn’t think it was inappropriate. The way the administrator told me was though.

As an athlete I am required to dress up every game day. I decided to wear black tights with a pair of shorts, a green top and a very long cardigan sweater. As I walked into the building, a Dimond administrator began to tell me my skirt was too short. After I told her they were shorts, she still went on about how they were “so so short, very short.”

However, the whole time she was shouting loud for everyone in the main commons to hear. Even after she passed me she was still yelling it out.

Another girl from Dimond, Senior Anjoilyn Vreeland, was dress coded. Vreeland was wearing a white dress with a lace back. Administrators asked her to cover up with a jacket.

When asked about the dress code, Vreeland said, “They’re a lot more strict with girls, it’s not really fair. It’s also inconsistent. Some girls are dress coded for one thing and another girl isn’t.”

I asked other students from different high schools to see how they felt about it. All of the responses were the same.

Senior Dakota Underwood, from South High school, was sent home for a dress she was wearing.

“It doesn’t make sense for girls to have to extensively cover up so that boys can ‘focus’,” says Underwood.

Senior Madison Cunard from Service High school was sent home for wearing a button up shirt with sheer sleeves. She didn’t think it was inappropriate and her having to go home for showing her arms interfered with her education.

Being dress coded also affects their emotions.

Senior Nekia Robertson from East High school said, “Adults don’t really consider how it makes girls feel when they keep telling them they can’t wear certain things. Some girls use their attire to express who they are.”

To see if girls really distracted boys with their shoulders and arms, I asked a handful of them if it did.

Junior Dylan Tufaga said, “I’ve never been distracted by the way a girl is dressed.”

Hunter Johnson, a senior from South High school, also thinks that a girls are not distracting.

“The way girls dress doesn’t effect my schooling. Girls should be able to wear whatever they want like in the world outside of high school.”

When asked about dress codes, everyone answered they had never seen a boy being dress coded for sagging his pants very low or when he wears a muscle tank to school.

Girls are targeted more than boys, and it interferes with their education.

Dress codes are important, and most girls know where crossing the line is, but it seems that the administrators are not being fair and consistent.