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. The school reached out to the parents and apologized that same day.
Making All Students Feel Comfortable
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.
‘White Male Default’
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. Sexist rules also set a precedent for men, she adds.
School uniform is a practice which dates to the 16th century in the United Kingdom. It is believed that the Christ's Hospital school in London in was the first school to use a uniform for its students. The practice of wearing school uniform has been adopted by many other countries, and is now common in many parts of the world.