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Censored In All the Wrong Places

SETHdresscodeO  Women and their bodies have been the center of many heated debates in today’s modern era. Some of the most recent debates have had to do with the sexualization of women in society and how that adds to rape culture. Although this topic seems like it would have nothing to do with young students in high school, it hits a lot closer to home than originally thought due to dress codes.

Dress codes have been implemented in public schools ever since elementary school, but it is not until high school when the absurdity of it sets in. Some of San Mateo High’s dress code includes: not wearing spaghetti straps or strapless shirts, not wearing crop tops or showing midriff, not wearing shorts or skirts shorter than length of fingertips, and not wearing low cut tops that expose front or back cleavage.

It should be noted that some of the dress code is reasonable when referring to drug logos or racist phrases, but when it is pointed towards “suggestive, revealing, or transparent attire” (as is quoted in the student handbook) of women it is simply demeaning. These fashion choices are a modern dress of today’s society and taking this freedom of style away from the students is violating their personal rights.

Although the handbook does not explicitly state that this bullet point is targeted towards women, it is obvious that the girls are who they are directing it to, “It’s extremely sexist,” said Lauren Fitzpatrick, senior. sexist part about it isn’t the fact that the girls are targeted more than the boys, it’s the reason why.

In the school’s Family Handbook the reason for the dress code is because certain clothes “could divert attention from the learning process or may contribute to inappropriate conduct”. This reasoning adds to rape culture, even if it wasn’t meant that way. By creating this dress code it puts the blame on the people dressing a certain way rather than on other’s behavior. It pushes the idea that wearing short shorts or a crop top means that they are asking for trouble. Chloe Cross, senior, agreed with this, stating that it was “just another way to sexualize girls in a learning environment.”

The consequences for violating the dress code make it even more absurd. Not only does it result in a changing of clothes, but it can also result in detention and even suspension. Suspending someone for showing their midriff or their shoulders is not a good reason to disrupt their education, but many schools still do it.

For example, Liz Dwyer wrote an article about an incident where a Canadian school sent a young 15-year-old girl home because her shorts were deemed inappropriate. The school also slut-shamed many other students due to the length of their skirts.

Rather than shaming the females for what they are wearing, the School District should focus more on teaching others not to act inappropriately based on someone else’s fashion choice.

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  • 7700boi

    No comment….

  • Frank Barnack

    She’s beautiful. Young men need to get it together. I’m sure some of you guys are good looking and confident. I’m sure you don’t want people slapping your ass.

  • Ethan Dinapoli

    You know the dress code applies both ways right? If I show up in the outfit in that picture I would be thrown off campus.