Women have gotten in trouble for not wearing a bra, or for wearing a bra when the straps are showing. Both collarbones and shoulders have been called "too distracting" for boys in the classroom, and there are more than a few reports of girls being sent home for the clothes chosen for them by a parent. Because of these punishments, students often miss lessons to have their hemlines measured or to wait for a change of clothes to be brought to school by a parent. Now, students and parents are pushing back against school dress codes that they say objectify female students. Here are 17 times students got in trouble for what they were wearing — and how they took a stand. Emery, a seventh grader in Fort Bragg, N. Emery's mother, Katie Moore Smith, disagreed. She said on Facebook that she "felt like the shirt represented categories of children who are marginalized, and she will be the one that has their backs even when those teachers and admins don't. After further review of our dress code policies, we realized that the shirt did not violate our policies.
Making All Students Feel Comfortable
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Amber Thomas. They are most commonly accused of being racist , sexist , reinforcing gender stereotypes , and promoting sexualization. This is the first piece in a forthcoming series where we examine how public high schools police bodies differently and attempt to add data to each of these conversations. Ladies, when was the first time you were made to feel embarrassed and sexualized for what you wore?
While a dress code is supposed to make the school environment more conducive to learning, it frequently does the opposite. At East Longmeadow High School, Massachusetts, six out of the nine dress code regulations targeted female students. The dress code had not been updated since the s. These things are distracting to other students, particularly males.
Isabella Panasko, Writer May 21, Districts will say that some clothing is too distracting for others. A 6th grade girl from New Orleans was told to leave the classroom because she wore her hair with braided extensions and that was against the hair policy. To learn more, I asked a few female students about their experiences with dress code. Isabella: What have your experiences been in public schools with dress codes? Taylor: When I was in 5th-9th grade I wore uniforms and it was not a good uniform policy. I: If you could change any one thing about dress code what would it be and why? T: Less restrictions. We should be able to express ourselves and not have any worries. I: Do you feel as though dress codes are sexist towards females?