F or headteacher Jamie Barry, introducing a gender-neutral school uniform policy at his Bristol primary school was just basic common sense. We still have the same uniform, we simply removed all references to gender in our uniform policy. Children are not born homophobic or discriminatory, they are exposed to those influences as they grow up. At Parson Street, we believe children should grow up seeing and experiencing equality, before any stigmas are created.
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A school uniform is a uniform worn by students primarily for a school or otherwise educational institution. They are common in primary and secondary schools in various countries. Although often used interchangeably, there is an important distinction between dress codes and school uniforms : according to scholars such as Nathan Joseph, clothing can only be considered a uniform when it " a serves as a group emblem, b certifies an institution's legitimacy by revealing individual's relative positions and c suppresses individuality. An example of a uniform would be requiring button-down shirts , long pants for boys and blouses , pleated skirts for girls, with both wearing blazers. A uniform can even be as simple as requiring collared shirts, or restricting colour choices and limiting items students are allowed to wear. A dress code, on the other hand, is much less restrictive, and focuses "on promoting modesty and discouraging anti-social fashion statements", according to Marian Wilde. It is difficult to trace the origins of the uniform as there is no comprehensive written history, but rather a variety of known influences.
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? I was in 5th grade, shorts too short. I remembered the girls who were stopped outside of our middle school dance because their shoulders and underarms were bare. And being handed a detention slip because a small sliver of my torso was exposed. When it comes to exploring sexualization in dress codes, these hidden messages make the process difficult. Afterall, how do you quantify something that is implied? Following the lead of researchers in California and Washington DC , we collected data from hundreds of high schools to learn about what they prohibit and why these policies exist.