I’m not sure if this has become an issue where you are from but up here in Ontario there seems to be a lot of noise about what constitutes an appropriate dress code.
Specifically what’s appropriate for girls to wear to HIGH SCHOOL? Are you freaking kidding me?!?!?!Why is this even a discussion. I mean I can understand if you’re being told to wear a parka in the summer but that’s not the case. It’s been a long time since I’ve been in high school so admittedly I’m not up on the current dress codes at that level. But I feel it’s pretty safe to assume that they are the same… cover the shoulder, cleavage, and belly and no shorts/skirt that are too short.
That’s not unreasonable. And yet phrases like dress codes are “shaming girls” or are “perpetuating rape culture” or are causing “gender inequality” are being
said screamed.“Our whole point is there shouldn’t be a dress code and we should be able to wear whatever makes us feel comfortable.”
What is with people’s sense of entitlement these days? I’d love to see these people become lawyers or doctors or even just a regular office worker (like me) and walk into their jobs like that. The fact of the matter is that dress codes are everywhere. And not just for girls like is being implied. From what I’ve read, dress codes don’t specify a gender. They specify what is not allowed. Guaranteed that if boys were to start wearing short shorts and crop tops, or show up without a shirt they’d be sent home too.
Maybe it’s just my classic hunter sensibilities but I like dress codes. They mean that I don’t have to look at slobs all day at work. Although that does sometimes happen anyway… and yes they get sent home and sometimes even docked pay.
Do I think dress codes need to be re-evaluated? Not really. Do I think that the reason for the dress codes need to be changed? Absolutely.
Schools keep quoting the same antiquated reasons… “it’s distracting to the boys.”
Perhaps if schools were to update their reasoning we wouldn’t be hearing about it. Perhaps instead they should be saying things like ‘we’re teaching the importance of dressing appropriately for different occasions’. Because as I said… dress codes are everywhere!
What do you think? Am I a prude?