Girls Fight Back Against Gender Bias in School Dress Codes

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In 2014, a group of middle school students in Maplewood-South Orange, New Jersey, started the hashtag campaign, #IAmMoreThanADistraction, to call attention to their school’s dress code.

Last year, Anna Loisa Cruz, a seventh-grader at Irvington School in Portland, Ore., was among four students who testified before the Portland Public Schools Board of Education to talk about school dress codes. She shared the story of one of her schoolmates who was “dress coded” for wearing a skirt that fell a couple of centimeters above her fingertips when holding her arms by her sides. The student was sent to the office where repeated calls to her home went unanswered. After a two-hour wait, the student went home, too embarrassed to return to her last period class.

Eighth-grade student Hailey Tjensvold added that school dress codes “have unknowingly set up double standards, creating a separation in the application of the punishment for [violating] the dress code.” She explained how boys whose trousers sag are simply told to “pull your pants up” without further repercussion while girls are sent to the office and “forced” to call their parents to bring them a change of clothes.

For many students across the nation—particularly girls—how school dress codes are enforced has been a contentious issue. In April 2015, a Texas honors student was sent home for wearing yoga pants and an oversized shirt that covered her entire backside. In August, a Kentucky student was sent home for showing her collarbone. After her mother brought a scarf to cover her neck, the administration still deemed it “inappropriate.” In Indiana, a 12-year-old student was suspended and missed two days of class. The offense: tight pants. Other dress-code violations include baring shoulders, wearing a tank top, or exposing a bra strap.

The Portland students represent only one group of a growing number of students who are spotlighting unfair and discriminatory school dress codes. In 2014,  New Jersey middle-schoolers, fed up with being shamed for wearing comfortable clothes during warmer weather, launched a campaign under the Twitter hashtag #IAmMoreThanADistraction to challenge schools to focus their attention on reducing objectification of the female body.

Maggie Sunseri, a high school student at Woodford County High School in Versailles, Kentucky, produced  “Shame: A Documentary on School Dress Code.” The film features several female students who talk about the challenges they face with school dress codes.

One of the students shares how it’s hard to find clothes that comply with the dress code. “I had bought a crew-neck shirt and it came right here [pointing to her collarbone]…I was told that it was ‘pushing the line.’”

Video: Oregon Students on Discriminatory Dress Codes

NEA Today asked educators on Facebook if they see girls being unfairly targeted over student dress codes. Most of the responses indicated some degree of support for dress code policies. “Business casual or uniforms,” responded Margarette Ellen Allen. “I’m sorry but there it is. When they head off to the ‘real world’…that will be the expectation in basically any job setting—be it blue collar or white collar.”

Marci Farran Kutzer agreed, but added another element to the dress code policy, and that’s language. “I think dress codes should exist, as a way to note that school is a professional learning space and deserves respect.…As long as the language of the policies focuses on professionalism and high expectations for learning, and stays away from asking for modesty, all is good. When kids are told to be ‘modest,’ we are sexualizing their wardrobes, and why are we doing that children?”

Sending the right message to students is important. Otherwise, says one of the Kentucky students in “Shame,” “It sends the message to boys that it’s all girls’ fault.…It wasn’t their fault that they were staring—it’s the girls’ fault,” she said.

In November, however, Maggie Sunseri’s efforts paid off. Woodford High agreed to update its 11-year-old policy to include changes suggested by students. It will now be appropriate to show a collarbone, as long as the neckline doesn’t drop “lower than the shortest dimension of a credit card”—that’s about 2.1 inches. The revised policy went into effect in January. Sunseri told the Lexington Herald Leader that students were “excited that we’re getting a more lenient code.”

This is the kind of outcome the students in Portland would like to see. “What we want is the district to form a committee with students, parents, teachers, and administrators to revise the dress code. We need to change the language and policies so the dress code is fair and non-discriminatory to all students,” said Sofia Carlson, a student at Irvington School. “In the 1800s it was scandalous to show your ankles. In the ’50s it was scandalous to wear pants. We think now…modernizing the dress code is a small step of a bigger issue.”

Photo: iammorethanadistraction Facebook

  • Dawn Conti

    Women are always picked on and blamed for the things that men are responsible for. from rape to “‘Distraction””
    MEN are ,,,THE ,,, problem .
    Give then all some hormone blockers till they are finished with high school. we will also reap the extra benifit of them,, not fighting and being polite.
    Hormone blockers men ,,,,NO HARDONS EVER !!! problem solved.,
    Good boys, Now ,,,go do your nails.

    • balashi

      Woman … buys push-up bra, buys low-cut top, let’s her D-cup push her gals up above the neckline to display a valley of cleavage… then shouts at every single man who looks askance at it.

      That’s women for you … spending hundreds of thousands a year on themselves so they can parade around and hopefully not be looked at by a single man.

      • Jeanette Noble

        It’s true. And I’m a woman! If I buy sexy clothes, it’s because I want to be perceived as being sexy. Women want it BOTH ways and it’s beyond old.

      • Ravan Damien

        A girl who shows her collar bone isn’t trying to show off. She’s wearing a normal effing T-shirt.

        • Steven Balcaitis

          No a girl showing her collar bone isn’t trying to show off. Try reading and comprehending what is written for once. Balashi stated…

          “push up bra, low -cut top, pushes her gals up above the neckline to display her cleavage.”

          No where did he mention her collar bone. The things he did mention are things that men (and women) find attractive and the person wearing an outfit that accentuates these features are doing it deliberately knowing that it will attract attention.

          • Suzie

            They’re also the things that some middle school girls wear! I don’t care about collar bones! My male students deserve as much an education as my female students do, and they deserve to try to get it without breasts in between them and the smartboard!

      • austinandjusin

        So cleavage “shouts”?

    • Bill

      how long have you been a misandrist. Why do you hate men being men? Let the hate go and you will be a much happier person

      • Steven Balcaitis

        I could be wrong, but I am detecting a hint of sarcasm in her statement. Not 100% sure though. I am giving the benefit of the doubt, cause even though I know there are people that stupid, it is still sad to actually come across one. Even if on an article.

    • Guest

      Oh yeah, Dawn, that would have NO affect on a male’s natural development as he grows up and would have NO lasting effects on him. I agree with balashi to a point. Boys are naturally attracted to women’s bodies…you want to know why? Survival of the species. Women need to be in a loving committed relationship (sounds like you’re missing out there…sorry…some of us are luckier than you I guess). Men don’t crave that….but they are attracted to the female body SO that they will agree to be in a committed relationship and further the human race. Now these are basic instincts on BOTH parts. HOWEVER society has a HUGE part to play in what’s going on right now. Women are told that they should show as much skin as possible and look sexy…and that’s what they’re supposed to do to find that committed relationship….whereas men are told that 1. women are objects that, as the years go by, become more and more like objects in men’s minds and less like humans (thank you play boy and ANY advertisement that uses a scantily clad woman to sell their product), and 2. that they are the problem for having this natural instinct (NO I am not condoning rape/sexual harassment of ANY kind). YES men need to control themselves, and YES women ALSO need to control themselves, HOWEVER, we’re not helping the guys control themselves when we shove our cleavage and short skirts in their faces. Do some research on the natural instincts of men and women and THEN say it’s all the men’s fault.

      • Ravan Damien

        No reasonable person is saying it’s all the men’s fault. However, when women/girls are the only ones being punished in the whole thing, it kind of puts up a double-standard.

        In martial arts, we are taught to stand, looking forward or at the instructor, and be focused enough that if Brad Pitt walked in the room, NO ONE WOULD LOOK AT HIM. People are more than their base instincts and we need to realize that. Boys CAN stop looking, and girls CAN stop wearing things that make them look like little attention-wh0res. I mean, if a naked man walked into the room right now, I’d be more concerned about how he got in here than about the fact that he’s naked. People need to stop being SO CHASTE in their minds that they can’t control themselves when something does come up.

        Take alcohol for example. In Europe, the drinking age is much lower than in America, and it isn’t such a huge deal. People drink at dinner, with friends/family, etc. They don’t beat kids upside the head with beer bottles and say YOU CAN’T HAVE IT HAHAHAHA. As a result, when kids become legal, they DON’T wrap their cars around trees after getting completely blitzed on their birthday. It’s not a big deal. They’ve already been drinking for years. They only gained the right to buy the stuff themselves. Not an issue.

        • Shawn Durnell

          So they don’t wrap their cars around trees at an older age, but at a younger one? Maybe we should do that too. It all makes sense now. Us silly Americans.

    • Shawn Durnell

      If you can’t wear something to work, would you want your daughter to wear it to school? They need to be taught so they are prepared for the real world for fucks sake. You can’t wear leggings to a job, you shouldn’t be allowed to wear them at school. You can’t wear daisy duke shorts to work, you shouldn’t be allowed to wear them to school. You can’t wear tank tops to work, you shouldn’t be allowed to wear them to school. Why is this easy concept so hard to understand?

      • Anna Smirny

        What you can or can’t wear to work depends on what your job is. The “real world” is diverse and varied. And funny thing, there are no dress codes in college.

        • Steven Balcaitis

          Well there are jobs that require a woman to be naked, so by your logic a girl should be allowed to wear nothing to school. There are also jobs that require men to be naked as well, so why stop at allowing women to go nude, the boys should be free as well.

          • Anna Smirny

            Do you seriously think that if there were no dress codes kids would just show up to school naked? No, they would probably just wear normal clothes, like people do in college or any other place that doesn’t bother with dress codes. Yes, a few individuals might choose to stand out in one way or another, but you know what? Those would probably find a way through other means, anyway, if it weren’t through clothes. Most importantly, the attention would probably be focused on where it really belongs: education. Dress codes themselves are a bigger distraction than some occasional oddball wearing something weird.

          • Jonathan David Farley

            If the school gives in, the feminists will find something else to complain about.

            Steven Balcaitis just showed how illogical the complaining girls’ position is. They accept that one can wear too little clothing (e.g., you can’t walk around in the buff at a funeral). The girls are just arguing about what is “too little.”

            Children don’t make those rules. Adults (male and female) do.

          • Anna Smirny

            Yes, adults make the rules. So they’d better make wise rules rather than stupid arbitrary ones. I don’t think you got my point: a lack of rules about clothing would not result in utter chaos, it would simply take attention away from the topic. Most people want to be comfortable and look good, but not everyone agrees on what the latter means. So what, not everyone agrees on many other things as well. How any person is dressed does not in any meaningful way affect anyone, so can we just stop making a fuss about clothes and let kids wear whatever they want to wear? I promise the world won’t end and their education won’t be compromised. Sheesh, it’s just clothes.

          • Jonathan David Farley

            1) You write, “So they’d better make wise rules rather than stupid arbitrary ones.” The rules worked fine for everyone except a few misfits who want to get media coverage. Not being able to wear skin-tight jeans in sixth grade is not a major civil rights issue.

            2) You write that “a lack of rules about clothing would not result in utter chaos….” Appeasement always works. Isn’t that the saying?

            3) You write, “How any person is dressed does not in any meaningful way affect anyone….” One wonders why indecent exposure is a law, then, if what you say is right.

            4) You write that ” their education won’t be compromised. Sheesh, it’s just clothes.” Since clothes are so unimportant, how about they wear the clothes their parents and teachers want them to wear. Oh…all of a sudden clothes are *very* important.

          • Anna Smirny

            1) I’m sure plenty of people got sent home for stipud minor infractions and didn’t make a fuss, so you just don’t know about them.

            2) Not sure what you’re getting at, but let me just point out that college usually doesn’t have a dress code, yet, miraculously, people still get an education.

            3) There are many other idiotic laws and victimless crimes.

            4) They are not important enough for schools to take attention away from learning. Look, I went to high school in the 80’s and EVERYONE wore tight leggings with crop tops and off-the-shoulder sweaters. No one was distracted, things went on as usual. Now, pulling a kid out of class, thus making a scene, and making them miss school, THAT’s a distraction.

          • Marie de Womwell

            The girls are complaining about stricter enforcement of dress code rules for girls as opposed to boys. They are complaining about dress codes that are too vague (a sweatshirt is not modest enough?) or are not evenly enforced. The big problem, worse than the rest of the issues here is body shaming, making girls feel bad about themselves because they distract the (all important) boys from learning.

      • TruthSeeker1968

        I saw a girl who could have gone on an interview in the dress she and her mother picked out and she was sent home as well…. these people are out of control….a 5 year old in a sun dress that went to her ankles and had spaghetti straps on, so they made her wear a tshirt and jeans that did not fit her all day at school. Was she too sexy? What adult says a 5 year old is showing too much? It’s crazy and all I can say is thank god i don’t have kids…

        • Suzie

          I don’t see how a five-year-old could be considered sexy in a sundress. My concern would be if it were too long for safe playing at recess. I would hate for her to start running and trip on it because of it being so long.

          • TruthSeeker1968

            Well I agree but that was what her father was told… that it was inappropriate for his daughter to show her shoulders it was just about summer also…and he wasn’t given any reason why she was made to wear pants all day that did not fit her, since the dress covered her legs. A 5 year old!

    • Lisa Strode

      Or just do corrective rape on dykes like you!

  • Dennis Halopka

    How about a simple pair of business casual pants, any color seen in the “workplace” and a button down for everyone-male or female. And crew neck t-shirts, any color, no advertisements or designs and business shorts like UPS and postal workers wear? Everyone looks approachable in this attire.

    It’s a uniform, but a federal one. the clothes are affordable, worn in the business world everywhere, durable, non-influencial , and comfortable. Appropriate footwear according to comfort and business casual. Sneakers are fine seeing kids sneakers today are replaced more rapidly than any other clothing garment. These kids pride their footwear!!! The kids I went to school with had holey,stained, and leaking sneakers let alone what we wore on our bodies. Kids today, usually won’t let that happen, so no trouble there. Anything comfortable and “fits the scene”. Cranky feet, cranky person !

    The war on school clothes could end this way. I know it’s “pigeon holing”, but to compete with clothing is one less thing kids would have to worry about and one less thing to fight with adults about! Clothing should be simple, learn from our Amish friends. There is alot more you can do when you save the clothing budget!!!! Think of the EXTRA diamond you want for that TIARA !!!!!

    After school–let their FREAK FLAG FLY !!!!!

    • Ravan Damien

      I’d just keep it simple.

      School uniforms. School-issued, no “style,” that kids can pick…you get a shirt, pants, and a sweater. No skirts, no shorts, just pants. Get it overwith already.

      • Shawn Durnell

        But the school pays for the uniforms right? They should with how much money they take in every year. I pay over $600 a year and I don’t even have kids. I live in a single-wide trailer. I would hate to see what someone in a multi-story house pays.

        • Shari M

          How did I know you lived in a trailer? Just instinct, I guess.

          • Shawn Durnell

            It’s sad that you actually think that’s an insult.

    • Shari M

      You obvoiously know nothing about fashion.

      • Royalbird

        School should not be a fashion show. Fashion does not matter.

  • balashi

    and people wonder why american education is SO far behind so many other countries…

    • Ravan Damien

      Education isn’t appaling here because of dress code violations. It’s because of politically motivated changes to what is allowed to be taught in school, and religious influence. In Texas recently, we had people insisting Moses was a real person in history, and that he helped write the Constitution. Both are factual lies, but it was up for “serious consideration.”

      • Truth

        FACT: Moses was a real person!
        You are a real bigot.

        • Ken Harness

          No “Truth”, it isn’t a fact that Moses was a real person. And whether he was or not, how does that make Ravan a bigot? Don’t look now but your ignorance is showing.

          • cooganalaska

            The reality is, there is more proof that Moses existed than that George Washington existed. The only proof of either is written history and relics. As a result, Moses is more well-proven.

          • Ken Harness

            Your circular reasoning aside (we only have written history and relics to prove both Moses and Washington existed, thus there’s more proof that Moses existed. Huh?) The George Washington/Moses argument never worked for Ken ham either, so try something new. And we have relics from Moses? Where?

          • cooganalaska

            Okay, Okay… I’ll bite… To start with, of the two types of evidence, relics is the weaker. After all, common sense indicates that a sword said to be used by Washington is less convincing than a letter with his alleged signature. Even though neither is “proof” in the scientific sense, a script would be the more convincing. Accordingly, since script is a relatively more powerful form of evidence, and since Moses produced manifold quantities far beyond that produced by Washington, and since the script of Moses has been canonized, enshrined, guarded, translated, and remained intact for several millenia (see Rosetta Stone), it carries far more veracity than that of Washington. Consequently, its authorship carries more credibility. Your comment regarding circular reasoning is fundamentally in error.

          • Ken Harness

            Oh you mean all those writings of Moses that are strangley similar to many writings before them? (Gilgamesh Epic) And just because something is canonized, enshrined, guarded etc. doesn’t make it fact. It simply means that some people find it sacred. And until you can proof otherwise my comment regarding circular reasoning remains.

          • cooganalaska

            Under the level of proof you are laying out, all historical facts would be categorized as circular reasoning since you never witnessed the events personally. Ie, Obama does not exist; since I have never met him, he must be a fabrication. Your argumentation is based on stubborn frustration as opposed to logic. I am sorry for you and I wish you well.

          • James Johnston

            where is the logic on believing in the bible

          • cooganalaska

            The Bible is profoundly logical for a thoughtful reader. To keep this simple, consider the most fundamental scientific concept revealed by the following erroneous expression: 0=1. That is, something does not come from nothing. The origins of space, matter, energy and life are not explained by scientists no better today than 5,000 years ago. Careful thought reveals the progression of science only explains further how these things behave and interact–not how they began. Until a scientific explanation can be postulated, a reasonable person can only assume the entire system was created by an entity not subject to the laws of said system; which is precisely how the Bible describes Yahweh. Given this logic, the Bible is the most convincing source of explanation. For further analysis of this concept, I refer you to: http://www.lastdaysministries.org/Articles/1000008549/Last_Days_Ministries/LDM/Discipleship_Teachings/Winkie_Pratney/The_Holy_Bible.aspx

          • janvier25

            All cultures have creation stories. One believed by people on earth since 60,000-40,000 years ago posits that the earth was created on the back of a turtle, its paths formed by songlines and navigated by singing the songs of each area. Certainly not any less legit than the stories told by another nomadic people during the time to which you refer, possibly 7,000 years old. Why should one of these creation stories be more of a fact than the other? At least the former can be dated according to paintings covered by wasp nests.

          • James Johnston

            but we know for a fact the George Washington is indeed real . because in both America and the UK his exploits are noted at a time where written history is common . The bible may be a good book to live by but NOTHING in it has been proven to be real . I can dig up Georges bones . can you dig up Moses

          • cooganalaska

            In the context of my debate with K Harness above, he cited my “circular reasoning.” So, I simply extended his logic. Digging up George’s bones would not prove they were his bones any more than they would that such a person actually existed. I was simply pointing out that most reasoning is circular at some level. Rigorous scientific proof rarely occurs in the realm of the historical record.

          • James Johnston

            therefor proving that just because there is a story of a man does not prove that man ever existed (moses) my point was we know where GW is buried a body helps support a story . the lack of a body or the location of said body makes a huge difference when asking someone to believe

            said story

          • David Shelton

            we have the jews: the relics of moses. the old testament, and archeology help to put the pieces of history together. they haven’t found moses yet, but the biblical descriptions of babylon and other cultures have been found to be true. we are still digging. archeologist had declared the hittite’s a biblical myth, until they found them. science has a history of being wrong.

          • Sarah R.

            Religions also have a history of being wrong. Also they provide no evidence for anything they claim, science does.

          • John Huber

            I’m sorry but the Theory of Evolution, as taught by the scientific community, is mostly conjecture. Scientific process state that these theories, must be repeatable. Also, The Big Bang Theory doesn’t attempt to explain how “nothingness” suddenly exploded. But they teach this garbage in school like it’s a holy gospel.

          • cooganalaska

            Your explanation reveals a lack understanding of what true science is. Science does not seek to “claim” anything but rather seeks to explain why and how the cosmos behaves. However, science cannot explain how the cosmos came into being. Accordingly, our ability to reason tells us that all matter, energy, space and life originated from a supernatural creator not bound by the laws of said cosmos.

        • austinandjusin

          Whether or not Moses was a real person he never helped wrte the consttuton. (sorry not all my letters appear)

      • David Shelton

        we know moses was real. jews have always made it important to know what tribe they were from, and they also kept their language. something never done before. what is in dispute is the story built around him. when the jews returned to Israel after ww2, all twelve tribes, including 2 lost tribes, returned to zion. mose didn’t help write the constitution, but the constitution was influenced by jewish /Christian philosophy. shouldn’t have been a problem. until now.

        • Marie de Womwell

          I don’t know about Jewish philosophy in regards to political science, but up until the American Revolution, all of Christian philosophy seems to have been strongly supportive of monarchy, not republics. The worldly kings were thought to be a reflection of the god kings, and even to this day, Jesus is referred to as the Lord, and I have been told by many self proclaimed Christians that “someday” this Lord will reappear and every knee shall bend to him, obviously a monarchist reference. Fortunately we Americans live in a secular republic with no foreign lords or kings.

      • LoveGod

        Ahhh…clearly, you make the point that everyone else is making. Looks like you have done your learning at the public school. Moses was a real person…in fact, there’s a whole nation who hails him as a hero: Israel. Check it out. Also, no one ever said he helped write the Constitution…which happened thousands of years later in another part of the world….you have been duped, brainwashed and made a fool of.

    • Rockhound

      Our school system isn’t far behind “so many other countries”. While not on top we compare very favorably when results are adjusted for poverty, like other countries results are.

      And regarding the countries we are behind? It sure isn’t because of school dress codes.

  • Jeanette Noble

    This is stupid. If the girls had shorts they could roll down in length, I’m sure they would be instructed to do so instead of being sent home. The difference between telling boys to pull up pants is because it’s a lot quicker than lengthening a mini skirt! I’m not impressed one bit by these girls. And a few inches above the fingertips is too short for school. That’s life!

    • Ravan Damien

      Why are they not telling boys to quit looking? Why send the girl home for what she’s wearing, rather than the boy who won’t focus? This is degrading to everyone. It tells girls that their bodies are to be hidden, and that boys are incapable of controlling themselves. Everyone should be fighting for these ridiculous rules to be taken down a notch or three.

      • Shawn Durnell

        Here’s an easy way for you to look at it. If it’s inappropriate for work, it’s inappropriate for school. They’re supposed to learn and get ready for the world after they graduate, right?

        • Shari M

          So boys should wear dress shirts, ties, dress pants and shoes? Thats what the men wear where I work.

          • Shawn Durnell

            Yeah, you’re right. Girls SHOULD be allowed to wear short shorts and leggings and tank tops. Silly me. Carry on. I mean, a chasier can wear those, right?

      • Steven Balcaitis

        You really are showing yourself to be quite clueless.

        1st. You can’t unsee something. Can’t be done. Once you see something it is there. People will look at things they find pleasant. For most males, the curves of a young female is pleasant.

        2nd. Clothes have a point and a purpose. They all have a function. Some functions include warmth, some include protection but most are for accentuating. For a mini skirt, the purpose is to show off the legs of a person and to show the curve of the backside. Everyone knows this, even the girls who wear these clothes know that this is the reason for a mini skirt. These girls are wanting to wear these skirts to attract the attention of a guy. If they are deliberately trying to attract the attention of a guy then that guy, no matter how much he tries to focus will not be able to do so. If the clothes don’t work, then suggestive comments or movement in front of the guy will work.

        3rd. The problem isn’t that they are trying to get attention from boys. The problem is they are looking to get attention from usually a small group of boys, not the whole male student body. So if they do get attention from a boy they don’t want to get attention from guess what they will call it? That’s right, sexual harassment. Not only that, but usually that small group of boys have other females wanting their attention as well and they will get into arguments and fights with other females.

        None of that is what school is for. School is supposed to be for learning. If the girls are more concerned with their looks then they are with their classes then they are a distraction.

  • Tim Ritenour

    dress codes are stupid and the school system who makes them are worthless losers in how they think and act

    • Jack Klompus

      I hope and pray that you are no older than 13.

      • cococo

        I think they’re a trump voter.

  • jt

    If student dress codes are so stressful for school administrators they might want to start approaching the problem by insisting the faculty and staff model appropriate dress. Once the adults are appropriately attired then begin talking with parents about what types of clothing they will need to be providing for their children. The schools need to be aware though that adolescents grow so the skirt that was an acceptable length at the beginning of the school term might be a bit too short a weeks later. The parents might not realize that their daughter has gotten a little taller so don’t assume that the child or the parents are willfully disregarding the dress code. Also school administrators can make all the rules they want but if the parents cannot find clothes that they can afford that adhere to those rules the rules will not be followed. Denying girls access to their education because their clothes do not some administrators ideal is not acceptable it is discrimination.

  • Ravan Damien

    You know what would be helpful?

    School uniforms. Just be done with it already.

    • Shawn Durnell

      Can’t do that because then you will dampen the little snowflakes’ creativity and expression.

  • LenaM

    I understand the fight to apply the dress code equally, not because girls distract boys but because it shouldn’t be okay for boys to get away with breaking the dress code and girls get suspended. I remember my school tried to do simple uniforms but the best they could do was a fairly strict dress code with highly limited options, the rules were plain red white or blue shirt and tan or black slacks. I wore a button up stripped blue and white shirt with only the top button undone many times, then one time I was sent to the dean’s office. Why, I violated the dress code by the fact that the shirt was stripped. I wore it many times but it did not follow dress code according to my teacher that particular day. I was forced to wear my p.e. uniform shirt for the rest of the day.

    While I understand the need to apply the dress code equally, girls need to have a little respect for themselves and realize that they are going to school not a strip club. The girl who spent hours trying to call her parents, should have just had to wear her p.e. uniform, problem solved. As for the guys showing their underwear when no one wants to see it, simple give them two options, pull up pants or change into your p.e. uniform shorts; if they fail on the first warning and have to be told twice in one day, detention. Same with the girls wear school appropriate clothing or change into your p.e. uniform. Ff you have to be told twice about something it is one time to many with regards to a dress code and you get detention.

    • Suzie

      Finally, another female with sense!

  • Carlos del Gato

    So hung up on sexuality that keep people from accepting each other for being a fellow human being with all the parts associated with the gender. Look and appreciate. Act like a human.

  • Jonathan David Farley

    So they are demanding that girls be forced to sign up for Selective Service when they turn 18? No?

    • cococo

      And that’s fucking sexist too. Sign em up. You know there are women are in all branches of service.

    • Painterlee

      No but they are telling them they aren’t entitled to their education like men are. Also, men made that law, not women, like how men make the dress code. Try again.

      • Jonathan David Farley

        Men made the dress code? Highly unlikely. You mean every girl’s mother has no problem with her daughter’s wearing a micro-miniskirt to a funeral?

        Try again.

        • Rockzilla57

          Again you are an idiot. Most of the rules historically have been authored by men. Times are changing but for the most part it isn’t women making the rules. They are talking about sleeveless tops, skinny jeans showing collar bones, shorts that are above the knee (like those even come in junior sizes). It sure sounds like you have a chip on your shoulder when it comes to girls.

          • Jonathan David Farley

            I proved you wrong before.

            I have no idea if “[m]ost of the rules historically have been authored by men.” We have a democracy with more than half the voters being women.

            P.S. Can boys come to class without wearing a shirt?

        • Marie de Womwell

          Interesting comparison, but I seriously doubt if the dress codes were written up by a collection of students’ mothers. No, they were written mostly by men, men who are known to have sexual fantasies about teen age schoolgirls. One of the hardest lessons for boys to learn as they mature into men is to control their physiological reactions to the presence of women in the world and reserve those reactions for appropriate situations.

          • Suzie

            Why is it that every idiot who is against dress codes claims that men have sexual fantasies about teenage school girls? Why can’t they want to protect those girls like they would their own daughters? I agree that young men need to “reserve those reactions for appropriate situations,” but at the same time, girls need to reserve their party wear for when they’re at parties.

    • Rockzilla57

      You’re an idiot Jonathan David Farley. Both men and women have to register for selective service. There is NO difference. So now what is your argument?????????

  • Micaela Campbell Hill

    Changing the standards to professional as opposed to modest is a very good idea.

  • Royalbird

    I do think there are definitely cases of girls being unfairly targeted with regard to dress code policy. However, boys and girls dress differently because different clothes appeal to them. Boys are less likely to dress “sexy” and keep parts of themselves uncovered. Also, a boy’s brain is more wired to be visually stimulated by a girl’s appearance than a girl’s brain is to a boy’s. Girls’ clothes are often less covering and the temptation for them to wear something inappropriate is far greater than it is for a boy. While sagging pants is probably the greatest infraction a boy makes, it’s easily corrected by simply pulling the pants up, whereas infractions on the dress code that girls tend to make can’t be so easily remedied and usually require a change of clothes. But I do believe there should be fairness for all and that the same rules need to apply across the board so if one girl gets dress coded for one thing, another girl wearing the same thing ought to be dress coded as well. You can make this a boy vs. girl thing, but the fact remains…boys’ clothes are not as likely to violate dress codes as girls’ clothes are. And don’t give me the whole “it’s so hard to find appropriate clothes” line that girls like to give. It’s possible and plenty of girls are able to do it without ever having a dress code infraction.

  • Brandy Melton

    How about just follow the dress code when getting dressed in the morning. Life is full of rules, even as adults. Life is also unfair. Just get over it and get on with life. So tired of hearing these sob stories. This is being made to be a bigger issue than it is.

    • bookaday19

      The problem is there are so many, many, many restrictions on what girls can wear, and so many are nebulous – the girl with the too tight pants…how is that determined? Showing a collar bone? A shoulder? I can see saying all shorts and skirts have to be knee length. Or all shirts must have sleeves. But girls are missing hours and hours of education, whereas for boys, it’s “pull your pants up and don’t wear ripped clothing.” For boys it’s about the clothes, for girls it’s about what body parts are showing.

      • Rockzilla57

        don’t forget the “large opening under the arm… That is a no no as well.

    • Marie de Womwell

      The problem seems to be more about the dress codes being erratically enforced and the definitions vague. A plain sweatshirt is not modest enough? A collar bone is too risque? Worse, only girls seem to be targeted for punishment? There is something seriously wrong with these rules if my 1950’s convent school uniforms wouldn’t make the grade! This is a big issue.

  • AliSam

    It would be great if education was the focal point of schools again.

    • Painterlee

      Is is for boys, but not for girls.

      • The Notorious Gamer

        isis confirmed

  • Tom Chapman

    “lower than the shortest dimension of a credit card”—that’s about 2.1 inches.
    No it isn’t. The shortest dimension of a credit card is about a millimeter. Last I checked, credit cards were 3 dimensional objects.

    • Laura G

      You can’t expect educators to know stuff like that!

  • MayFong

    Kids learn better with uniforms. Then their is no clothing distraction at all….

  • rcur

    Girls fight about clothes. What a headline.

    • Painterlee

      No, girls fight for education.

      • Jonathan David Farley

        False. They are fighting about clothes. They can get their education wearing other clothes that they own.

        • Rockzilla57

          Wrong again bigot. They want administrators to stop seeing them as sexual objects and start treating them like students. The emphasis should be on education, not what they are wearing.

          • Jonathan David Farley

            Then they should get an education, and stop focusing on what they are wearing.

            And, actually, the girls are wearing these clothes precisely because they want to be seen as objects. Otherwise they would wear potato sacks.

          • Suzie

            If they don’t want emphasis to be on what they’re wearing, then what they’re wearing shouldn’t put emphasis on body parts that should be covered up.

  • David Shelton

    this is easy dress according to your schools code, or have uniforms. without a code the kids would dress like rock stars, or worse yet, porn stars. kids aren’t wise. they just want to pretend they are cool.

  • Richard Landerman

    Once again, uneducated children caring more about their clothes than their education.
    Not only are they missing the point of all of their classes, and failing miserably, but they ALSO miss the point that this is about getting the point, not how you dress.

    • bookaday19

      Not sure I get what you are saying.

  • bookaday19

    I think all schools should have uniforms – shorts to the knee that sit at the waist, short sleeve or long sleeve shirts (no straps or shoulders), skirts to the knee or longer, or long pants that sit at the waist and are not ripped. Easy to follow, everyone can do it, no questions about if something is ok.

  • Scott McDermott

    Centimeters? Someone remind her this is America. There are 2.54 centimeters to the inch.

  • Melanie Andreacchi

    I think most of the distracted “boys” are actually male teachers, administrators, or parents and instead of being labeled as a pedophile they would rather blame the girls. There is an unfairness to some of the reports of the dress code violations that I have read about. For example, the one where a girl had to wear hear winter coat over her dress that she bought in Paris during a school dance. The dress looked fine to me and it was a dress that resembled something Audrey Hepburn wore. It was not too low cut and it hit at the knee. The only problem: it showed her shoulders. OH THE HORROR! I didn’t realize that shoulders were sexual. Another story was when a girl wore a dress that was submitted to the school for approval. They said it was too low in the front, so the mom had it altered to raise the neck line. The girls who wore it was well endowed and this was discussed with her by the male vice-principle in order to ensure her understanding of why the dress was declined the first time. The dress was red, with long sleeves (no shoulders showing) and a v neck cut. They turned her away at the door because they said it was still too low. They cited that the neck line could not be lower than the belly button. Um, when did the belly button grow right in the chest? Did they not take biology classes in college? The pictures show the girl in the dress showed a well dressed young lady and there was nothing wrong with the neck line or where it fell.
    Anyway, the kids are just dressing like the people they see in music videos, TV and advertisements. The stores show models wearing the clothes they want to wear. “Oh, {celebrity name here} wore this cute mini skirt with a crop top. I want to wear that.” or “I saw this outfit on this store’s website and have to get it.” I think the Department of Education needs to get on board because this is a nation wide problem. They need to team up with store fashion designers and develop a school approved line. I had to wear uniforms for school and I hated them. Just because their are uniforms doesn’t mean that the kids don’t find a way around them to get the most popular style. Some of my classmate would get their skirts hemmed to make them look shorter. So a school approved line of apparel provided by the popular stores that kids shop at would be in order. This is just not a school problem but a social, student, parent, school board, DOE, and national problem. This should be for both girls and boys.

    • Suzie

      JC Penney used to have a line called “School Cool.” It was a big help when I had to buy clothes for my niece. They were cute clothes, but they came in lengths that were more appropriate for her long legs.

  • Jonathan David Farley

    So you want to take away males’ right to speak and right to use their eyeballs.
    Sounds like equality to me.

    Your paranoia is not our concern.

  • Ron Moore

    THE INJUSTICE OF IT ALL.

  • Ron Moore

    wait till the creepy transgender boys are allowed to come into their restrooms…that’s really going to upset these poor little girls.

  • Rockzilla57

    STOP using the term gender bias….. it is…….. GENDER/SEX DISCRIMINATION. The administrators nation wide are guilty of this. They all hopped on the bandwagon and started spouting the same garbage. Making girls responsible for boys behavior when in fact it is the boys that need to be taught how to act, what is appropriate and what is not. Making the girls responsible is passing the buck and It needs to be nipped in the bud now. Call your state representative, write your representative, email your representative, go visit your representative. Make your voice heard. Become a PAIN in their sides. The squeaky wheel gets the grease.

    • Suzie

      The girls need to be taught how to dress-what is appropriate and what is not.

  • LoveGod

    This is stupid. The liberals have done such a good job of crying “foul” over everything and teaching others to do the same that now it has trickled down to kids in school who cannot be told to dress modestly or appropriately for school without them crying “poor me! this isn’t fair!” Disgusting what the liberals have done to this country and to the minds of the youth.

  • John Huber

    Censorship is suppose to be illegal in the US. But some how there is always a bureaucrat and a bigot, stirring the pot. And yup, all these words are in dictionary, but the vocabulary police are always ready to interject their archaic rules. Just like the student dress code police.

  • David Warren

    I am okay with basic guidelines for school attire, but when those rules call for rigid clothing types/styles or require a uniform…I am totally against them.I attended a private school my last two years of HS…the school required certain types and colors of clothing for both male and female. During those school years and after graduation, I had no problem knowing how to choose and coordinate clothing…having done it for years before that school. The sad part, was the kids who had grown up in that system. The only thing they knew how to wear was the same style and colors that the ‘uniform’ allowed. Even years later-well into their 30s…most were still wearing navy blue slacks/skirts,a LS white shirt,black dress shoes and a navy tie……or went the other extreme and were dressed like drunken hookers after a hard nights work. No offense,but they were never given the chance to learn how to dress properly.

  • Marie de Womwell

    One of the strangest things here is that my high school uniform from the 50’s that I wore to a Catholic school would not have passed these dress codes. In fact, my school is still in operation and the current uniforms would not pass these dress codes. I guess what the nuns thought was appropriate would scandalize the public schools of today. Wow!

  • austinandjusin

    I’m still wondering why are girls expected to study, work hard, not to be distracted by boys, AND not to distract boys? If boys are distracted or not, that should be their responsibility.

  • Suzie

    Well said!