Dress codes were first implemented in America during the 1960’s when most families began to make enough money to afford newer, more diverse clothing. They were originally meant as a means to keep the student population “in line” with administrative teaching to to keep the school environment distraction-free (Littleton). However, now they have grown into a form of control over the students and their right to express themselves, particularly young women. Increasingly girls are being told to change outside of class or even report home if a teacher or administrator believes her outfit to be too “out of line”. In most cases, the reasoning behind such action is because the girl’s outfit is too “distracting” for male students, faculty, and even parents in the case of a young woman in Virginia during her prom. The fathers of other students found her dress “distracting” despite it being well within school regulation and was forced to leave the dance to change (Valentie). This, effectively, body shames girls into thinking something is wrong with their overall appearance. When they are pulled out of class, this creates humiliation which has a lasting effect on the student. (Valentie) It also makes it difficult for girls to find something “appropriate” to wear to school if just about the only thing on the market for young women to wear are the things they are being punished in school for (Wallace). And it doesn’t just stop at the education level. The Missouri Legislature wanted to enact a dress code for interns after it came out that several sexual harassment claims from the office came forward, enforcing the idea that the workers “were unable to control themselves” because they saw another human body (Chemaly).Tags: Judge Memorial Catholic High School uniforms
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