First and foremost, shame on you for encouraging the patriarchy and sexism as you police a female's clothing choices. You cannot control our bodies, but what you can advocate for is public health and safety. This includes demoralizing rape, slut-shaming, and protecting society from illness.
Masks are all the rage and for a good reason, they can save lives. I shouldn't even have to go into the details of why wearing a mask is vital for public health. This makes it mind-blowing that face masks have become a "symbol of divisive partisanship." Many states and The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have public health mandates that require people to wear masks in public; however, it's up to school administrators to enforce these recommendations.
What's even more mind-boggling is that a Georgia high school has already angered the internet with a viral photo that shows un-masked students in a crowded hallway. Can we say COVID central? And, better yet, the superintendent of Georgia's Paulding County School District, Brian Otott, defends that "wearing a mask is a personal choice and there is no practical way to enforce students to wear them."
This is trash. Schools enforce dress code ALL. THE. TIME. T-shirts w/ "vulgar" messages, shorts that are "too revea… https://t.co/c0s1AdhR1t— Jason Johnson (@Jason Johnson)1596636350.0
Um, I could think of a few ways.
For instance, send a student home or give them detention. Oops, sorry, does that sound too harsh? That's right, these penalities are preserved for when females reveal their shoulders. And, honestly, these punishments are too harsh.
Instead, a school should educate students on all things public safety.
I will not accept this because excuse me, I will never forget being traumatized in middle and high school because my shorts were too short, my boobs were showing, and well I looked like a developing female. Sorry, I was becoming more womanly and it bothered the horny boys and male teachers!
I swear, I had a middle school gym teacher who got joy from policing us girls over what we wear.
However, school dress codes are not only arbitrary and ridiculous, they inherently body-shame and oppress women. Regardless, a school's administration will do anything in its power to penalize young girls and warrant rape culture. Sounds real healthy, right?
I hope you're shaking your head "no" — sexism is dangerous and so is the pandemic.
It seems as though schools have no regard for human life, but they for sure will control a female's body. Let's rethink the situation at hand and reframe our mindsets. This begins with a developed curriculum covering the importance of wearing face masks during the pandemic and the foolish dress codes.