How School Dress Codes Are Sexist

How School Dress Codes Are Sexist

Why does everyone hate leggings all of a sudden?

Imagine a pair of pants that can be worn with almost any kind of top. If you want to look nice for an event, you could just throw on a nice shirt and some tall boots. You'd look like a million bucks and still be comfortable. Or you do the exact opposite; you can just as easily throw on a sweatshirt or t-shirt and feel like you're in pajamas all day.

Well, there is such a things. They are leggings. So why are these pants hated on so much in school dress codes? Why are shirts that show shoulder not permitted? And why do shorts have to be at girl's knees?

Times are changing, and there is a big argument about school dress codes and whether or not they are satisfactory towards both genders.

There are hundreds and thousands of articles on the web about sexist dress codes, so I wanted to take a peek into what was being said.

Girls all over the Internet say they are not allowed to wear certain clothing because it would be a "distraction" to others, making young women feel self-conscious about themselves. They are tired of hearing the "boys will be boys" excuse.

Most girls already struggle with body image because of the way the media "says" women should look and many think that school dress codes are adding to that problem.

Girls are sick of it and say school dress codes are just making it worse. Some like Reese Fischer. She said in an interview with the Huffington Post that, "the degradation of young women in the school system is a real, legitimate issue." Many girls believe the dress code is only in place for other people's sake, and not theirs.

But not everyone agrees.

According to the same article in the Huffington Post, there are clearly two sides. Administrators argue the dress codes are "important as it promotes a comfortable and professional learning environment.

The opposing side says that without a dress code, girl's would take the freedom too far. Diamond Bush, a sophomore from an Ohio high school said, "school is for education, not revealing bodies" agreeing that dress codes are beneficial.

Many on the opposing side say that girls and boys have equal rights when it comes to the dress code. Boys have rules too such as no inappropriate sayings on t-shirts. Also, many believe there are alternative ways to feel comfortable at school without wearing leggings or breaking the dress code.

So, after hearing these arguments, who is right and who is wrong? Is there an in between?

Comment your thoughts about the school dress code scandal.

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1. A semi-colon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.

2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."

3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.

4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."

5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."

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7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."

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12. Symbol meaning "thief" from the Hobbit. It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.

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14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength & stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

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Items and products I've tried and loved. These are perfect for spring!

I have recently found some new products and items that I have really liked and do recommend. Here they are!

1. Keds sneaker socks

I know this might be silly to put socks on here, but these ones are great! They are made for the slip-on sneaker type shoes where you can't really where normal ankle socks. Most sneaker liner socks slip off your feet and don't stay on, however, these do! They are cut differently than most sneakers socks. They are great.

2. Stila Glitter and Glow liquid eyeshadow

I saw these at Ulta and I tested one and wow they are so pigmented! They come in a variety of shades and colors. I chose a neutral gold shimmery one in the shade called "Kitten". They glide right on, stay on for hours and don't crease. I love them!

3. Garnier Micellar Foaming Gel Cleanser

I have used the normal micellar makeup remover from Garnier and I loved it. It got all my makeup off! I saw this at the store recently and bought it and it's a great product. It works the same as the makeup remover in a sense that it removes all makeup! I use it in the shower and my face feels very clean.

4. Tease Eau De Parfum By Victoria's Secret rollerball

I love this scent! It smells great but not too strong. I like the rollerball size because I can throw it in my bag and have it on me at all times. It's my go-to perfume!

5. Oligo Blue Shampoo Blacklight

This is a blue-violet shampoo. I know it sounds weird! It's used to counteract yellow, orange and brassy undertones in your hair. My hairdresser recommended this to me and I like it a lot. It helps keep my hair the color I want. It also makes my hair very soft afterward!

6. Face Exfoliating Gel From European Wax Center- Reveal Me

This is a great product. I would only use it once to two times a week. You rub some on your face and it lifts the dead skin off. It smells good and you can really feel it working! It leaves your face clean and refreshed.

Those are my favorite products and items from April! Hope you try some of them out.

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