By Student Correspondent Delilah Rose
Clothing choices on high school campuses are becoming a point of contention. They are being examined for the possibility of sexism. Here at Southern Door, and across schools nationwide, students are starting to challenge their school’s dress policies. After talking to students at Southern Door, there was a large number who think that the dress code is prejudice. Many said that they think the dress code bares down on girls more than boys.
The dress codes of boys and girls, while they do share some aspects, seem to differ in a drastic way. The girl’s dress code says that spaghetti straps, gym shorts, yoga pants, mini skirts, crop tops and tank tops are prohibited. Some might think that these policies automatically apply to the boys, but they do not have dresses, skirts, spaghetti straps listed.
One student, located at Braden River High School in Bradenton, Florida chose not to wear a bra to school after she got a bad sunburn the day before. She chose to wear a dark loose crew neck and her attire met all the dress code requirements. She was called to the dean’s office and asked why she was not wearing a bra. After further inspection, the administrators said that she needed to tape her nipples down. The school dress code does not state that girls have to wear a bra, therefore students are outraged that this student was shamed.
“When guys wear tank tops, muscle shirts, or any kind of exposed attire they are more accepted by the administrators than if a girl would be wearing that,” said a Southern Door student who wished to remain anonymous. A group of students interviewed agreed that it comes down to how much a school enforces their codes. They emphasized how female-biased these codes actually are, making it not only a local issue but a national issue