This is actually on a high school website!
School makes teen wear 'shame suit' for too-short skirt
If a dress code must be enforced, it should at least be consistent. Not just between genders, but within one gender itself. An experiment at Washington High School proved that consistent enforcement is a problem. Candee Blanc, a junior at Washington High School (WHS), purposefully wore short dresses and skirts to school in order to prove a point. Weighing 104 pounds at 5’3, Candee is very petite among her classmates, which proved as an advantage in upholding her school dress code. She never was reprimanded for her short and revealing clothing, whereas a close friend of hers, Athena Hamilton, was continuously singled out for dress code violations. Athena is bigger in size when compared to Candee, and toward the end of the year Athena questioned Washington’s assistant principal as to why she was in trouble for wearing the same leggings as other students the same day, the assistant principal replied, “It’s more noticeable on you,” as if to say because she was bigger she couldn’t “pull off” the clothing as well. How can we validate the school dress code, when it’s clearly being misused among schools, and, in fact, leads to body shaming?
Perhaps the sexist and hypocritical dress code does have good intentions when it is initially enforced. According to Fresno Pacific University News, the dress code is used as a safety precaution and to ensure better learning amongst all students. However, we see that due to the misuse and shaming of girls’ bodies this is not what is accomplished. In fact, the opposite occurs. Girls begin to feel uneasy when choosing clothes for school because they fear the embarrassment of being called down to the office. To say that this offense just happens in a school setting is a major understatement. Women all over are being deemed as distracting because of their wardrobe choices. The amount of women dismissed from their jobs because their outfits are “tempting” is sickening. For example, a woman named Debrahlee Lorenza was fired from her job at Citibank because she was too “hot.” She wore the same professional attire as the other women in the bank she worked with, but was told that they didn’t have to worry about them turning her on because “as their general unattractiveness rendered moot their sartorial choices, unlike plaintiff.” To think that an article of clothing can decide your ability to fully function around the opposite sex is wrong and ridiculous.
This is what Debrahlee wore to work-completely proffessional.
Don’t get me wrong, I agree there should be some limitations, but not at the expense of someone's emotional safety. If these limitations are enforced they must be equal and just, as any good regulation and guideline should be. What starts locally can have a more global effect in a matter of seconds. Thanks to the technology and media of today’s generation, people are awakening to what’s going on in the world and can (hopefully) fix the flaws in society abruptly and right. Girls and their families everywhere are using the media to explain to the world their problems with the dress code. Before there was social media, the problem that the girl in question and the school had about the dress code would have stayed really quiet, only between the school and the family. Now girls can share their problems with their school and how they’re handling the dress code on a variety of social media. After so many years of women living in the shadow of men, they are ready to break free from constantly pleasing others and have developed perspective and now have people listening to their voice.
Conclusion: Updated November 14
The dress code has been an issue in many schools for a long time. Dress codes are sexist towards women and, in some cases, are completely unnecessary. Dress codes are relevant to digital citizenship because when someone violates the dress code, schools try to keep it quiet, but the media makes it so that people can tell everyone about their experiences with the dress code. One of the main reasons I wanted to write about this subject was because all I saw on the internet were stories about dress codes, and dress code violations. I realized that a lot was being said in the media about dress codes, but nothing was being done, so I guess I wanted to make a difference. I was hoping that someone would read my blog and care as much as I do about it to do something about it at their local school, or to at least bring it up. It gave me a good feeling when I heard that I was invited to speak at a Student-Faculty Senate meeting discussing this very subject, because I had made a small difference after all. All of the comments left on my blog have agreed with me (so far), so I haven’t been challenged to change my opinion, but they did give me more examples to support my thesis, thanks to some of the links that were left in the comments. I got really excited the minute I heard that I got the opportunity to make my own blog. I was looking forward to sharing my thoughts with people, and seeing what they thought about my opinion. Blogging was a definite adventure for me.