IMO, dress codes are fundamentally telling the female population to cover up their skin so the boys can have a easier place to focus and learn.
Doesn't it make more sense to teach people that personality is what counts and that those shorts and the halter top isn't some huge thing to get distracted over? Or that we shouldn’t make assumptions about other people based on what they wear?
Girls shouldn't be responsible for keeping schools a good place for boys to focus. It's not up to us! If we want to wear shorts, or a dress, or a shirt that shows some cleavage, then we should be able to.
Here’s a genius idea: why don’t we teach boys that girls aren’t sexual objects to be distracted by???
I mean, having guidelines isn't the problem. The problem is when these codes target girls, specifically because their bodies are “sexual” and therefore distracting. They tell girls that they are only sexual beings and not deserving of respect. This teaches boys that showing skin means you’re giving consent, and it’s not.
Basically, I feel like dress codes are sexist. They punish girls for showing skin without teaching respect, plain and simple.
Do you agree with TiptoenNMaJrdns? Does your school have a dress code?