Dress code

Have you ever wondered what the term dress code meant? Well, a dress code is the set of rules determined by a school or company, specifying the approved dress attire(“The American Heritage Dictionary Entry: Dress Code”). Each has their own sets of rules of dress codes that are made to be pursued to keep the organizations looking sophisticated and efficient, although it’s efficient, all the rules aren’t fair to everyone. As years have passed by, women have been subjected into thinking that the way they dress determine who they are and if they are distracting others with what they are wearing.

Today there is a lot of controversy on how women should dress without getting that unwanted attention that comes her way from her male peers. It may happen at school or work, and you may ask why would this be happening to me when you for sure know you did not provoke anyone into catcalling you or be distracted by you with the clothes you feel comfortable with using. Every school year schools hold a pep rally or a mandatory school meeting with all grade levels to address the appropriate way showing them ways they should or shouldn’t dress. A couple of months ago, back in a high school in Texas, a video that was meant to explain what the students should be wearing during instructional hours received significant backlash from its female students. Teen Vogue journalist Amira Rasool wrote that two of the students at the high school expressed how they felt towards the video on Twitter with one of the students writing what women think today, “…what about the boys who wear shorts or show their shoulders? It’s 2018 why are we still over-sexualizing teen girls?”(Rasool par. 2)

Why is it only the women who have the most restrictions on what they can and can’t wear? The answer to that question is that merely no men or women are equal no matter how much women fight for that right. It is time for every woman to put their foot down and use what is said to be one of our God-given rights and use our first amendment in order to ask those boards which made the dress code rules for a change that men shouldn’t be able to get away with whatever they want without paying the consequences. There are young women out there advocating and letting their voices heard. An example to this is that within an article Anna McKinsey sought out making her voice heard by petitioning to her superintendent to change the dress code rules to make them fair, “…change this dress code, and make it more reasonable and gender neutral” (McKinsey).

McKinsey, Anna. “Help Us Convince Our School District to Change the Sexist Dress Code.”

You may be asking me “What are guys wearing that the can get away with?” Many boys or young men are getting away with wearing work out clothes such as muscle shirts and shorts, or if they are out on the field in Physical Education, they may be playing without their shirts. In her article, Aleida Menchaca explains that an adult’s response to seeing the boys wearing this attire is “Boys being boys.” She goes further into the topic by taking the boys playing shirtless to girls showing off some cleavage at prom and getting told to either change or else she’ll face the consequences (Menchaca par.8).

However, despite there being a majority of the con’s against this topic there are some pro’s to it as well. For example, a Niche author wrote wearing school uniforms brings in the sense of safety and security when it comes to anyone trying to go into the campus looking different from the students(Niche). Another example would be that with wearing a uniform, there will not be a sense into having to be bullied over who has the coolest looking clothes, because everyone will be wearing the same type of clothes(Niche). In general, there is some good in the bad even if it seems like if there isn’t.

Furthermore, even though there are some pro’s to how we can portray dress code, there are some rebuttals towards it. Being that although there is that top of the notch neatness of having a form of spirit and pride with wearing the uniforms, there is still some backfires towards these things. For instance, even if there’s not a great need to worry about your sense of fashion with wearing the uniforms, there will be some students who will rebel against wearing the attire because they will feel like they are not being allowed to express how they think through their clothing. Another form of supporting the con’s would have to be that when a girl is called to the main office in order to change or being sent home for violating dress code it is depriving her what is meant to be a free education by interrupting her studies not to make the male students in the class feel uncomfortable with her showing a little skin.

Lastly a question to keep in mind is that if it is okay for a women or young girl be told to conform to what society thinks is best for them rather than having the privilege to expressing her rights just as males do every day? If rules are set into place, then they should be fair and followed by everyone, and if they aren’t then, there shouldn’t be any at all.