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TOPIC: Dress Codes For Girls

Dress Codes For Girls 13 Dec 2015 18:56 #8860

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Buzzfeed writer, Nora Whelan, wrote an awesome article this month titled, 12 Times Badass Women Fought Ridiculously Sexist Dress Codes in 2015. The article features 12 stories of girls who fought back against sexism and dress codes in their schools.

The first story featured is about Carey Burgess, a student from South Carolina, who was suspended for wearing a skirt that was three inches above the knee. Three inches! (You can see the picture in the link I listed below). I can see maybe being sent home for wearing a skirt that showed part of your butt, but this skirt was long and not revealing in the slightest. “Maybe our society isn’t yet advanced enough to handle 3 inches of my thigh”, is a statement she made on an Instagram post back in October. Girls should be able to feel comfortable in their skin, not reprimanded for it.

The eighth story blew me away. Massachusetts’ Cape Cod Regional High School banned leggings because of their “form fitting” nature. Really? You might was well ban skinny jeans too, oh and pretty much everything else girls wear because most clothes are form fitting. When have you ever seen a girl wearing baggy jeans and a giant T-shirt? I’m excluding the brief period in the 90s when this was actually cool. I wear leggings quite often to work or to run errands because they are comfortable, not because I want guys to stare at my butt. Actually, I highly doubt any girl wears leggings for that reason.

And lastly, number twelve. Megan McKay mocking the entire dress code rules that schools implicate. As stated, “sometimes the best way to win an argument is by showing your opponent the absurdity of their stance”. So, with that said, if your tank top is showing your bra strap, just cover it up with a pad. No big deal.

Girls should be able to wear clothes that they feel comfortable in and not be made to feel like they are doing something wrong or attracting the wrong kind of attention. I do agree on some levels that clothing these days have become a bit provocative, but these are the times we are living in and wearing a crop top doesn’t mean that a girl is wanting to get started at. However, I do think that wearing age appropriate clothing should be taken into account. I don’t think 12 or 13 year old girls should be wearing crop tops and short skirts.

Read the article here:
www.buzzfeed.com/norawhelan/girls-who-fo...s-in-2015#.tmReR4ZlD
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Dress Codes For Girls 13 Dec 2015 21:22 #8875

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Honestly, as a mother and a women, I have to say that, I agree with you but don't. I say so because, if i had a daughter that told me that she was told to go back home because she was wearing a skirt that was said to be too short, I would literally say, "wear pants." Or, If she came home and said, "she was told to go home for wearing form fitted clothes," I would say, "wear something else." I do understand what you are saying, but to myself, this just sounds that some people make something out of nothing. Okay,I don't want to upset anyone, especially not you,because I do get that there is a huge list that girls, while at school, have to follow. My question is why do these girls care? Go to school and learn! Okay, we want to look cute, but, if that were my daughter, I would let her know that there is more to looking cute and that if she really feels comfortable with well fitted clothes, well then we will have to show you other options. I personally never cared to look cute, and in all reality, if i was told that something I had on was not in regulations, well I would just change, because I wouldn't care or take it as an attack! But, if i really felt that I needed to wear that dress or skirt, well then maybe I will just have to be home-schooled to have my own rules.(just an opinion.)
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Dress Codes For Girls 26 Feb 2016 21:38 #8920

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I believe woman and/or girls should be allowed to wear whatever they want. Certain schools have decided to implement dress codes as a way to not "distract the boys." It's not a girls problem whether or not someone is able to to control themselves because of the outfit she's wearing. Instead of telling girls that they should wear more appropriate clothing, we should be teaching the boys how to be respectful and learn to focus. Wearing revealing clothing does not mean a girl does not respect herself.
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Dress Codes For Girls 28 Feb 2016 14:39 #8948

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I agree with you. I think that every single person should be able to wear what ever they want that makes them comfortable! When you say that "I do agree on some levels that clothing these days have become a bit provocative" do you think that it is actually provocative or do you believe that you feel in that way because of our society?
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Dress Codes For Girls 06 Mar 2016 20:35 #9070

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Brittaney,

I appreciate you sharing this. I believe that due to the fact that we live in the United States of America, girls should not have to abide by a dress code that prohibits them from expressing themselves and/or sexuality. That being said, certain locations call for more appropriate dress as a sign of respect, for example, in a religious center, work, and school. Leggings should not be banned only because men get aroused from seeing women’s butts in them. A man’s hormonal consequences should not dictate what woman can and cannot wear.
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Dress Codes For Girls 10 Mar 2016 17:35 #9101

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I think this is so absurd! Really. It almost doesn't matter what we girls wear, because it's always drawn to a sexual conclusion. If I wear yoga pants for example, people think I wanna show of my legs and but? If I were a skirt, then it's too short . If I would wear baggy jeans and a big hoodie, people would complain and call me a "tomboy". So, from where I see it, there is no winning for us either way. The society needs to change its look on how women should be and what they should wear. So, to be honest it doesn't really matter what we wear, because there is always going to be someone complaining about it, and that's sad.
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