After weeks on uncertainty surrounding the school year with the recent strike by local high school teachers, many students returned to class last week breathing a sigh of relief that they would be able to graduate on time.
Except of course, for all of those students who were distracted by a female class member’s shoulders and suffered failing grades.
To be clear, this likely hasn’t happened. But, with near-constant news of young women being sent home for dress code violations; it seems to be an actual concern for administrators.
High school dress codes claim that they are preparing students for ‘the real world’ then why are there not similar dress codes at post-secondary schools, where students are even closer to joining the workforce?
The oft-repeated line is that tank tops, spaghetti straps and skirts cause a distraction. Shouldn’t the blame for that be with the young men who it’s assumed can’t controlled themselves, rather than the young women who are often simply dressing in a way that is comfortable when the temperature soars into the 30s. When this is the case, young women should have the freedom to be able to expose some of their arms or legs to escape some of the heat of summer.
In fairness, there is a limit to how one should dress in a situation, but exposed shoulders, midriffs and ripped jeans certainly fall far short of that limit. People are constantly being told to be proud of their bodies and that beauty is everywhere, so why do school administrators continue to almost exclusively punish young women for the way that they are dressed? And why do they assume that young men would not control themselves at the sight of an exposed shoulder? How did we get to the point where we have such low opinions of young people?
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