There is plenty of firsthand evidence and beliefs that support how girls feel unfairly targeted when it comes to school dress codes. "I've never seen a boy called out for his attire even though they also break the rules." (Zhou 1). Everyday around the world girls are "dress coded" for simply wearing what they want. Not only is this degrading, but it's also humiliating to be called out by a teacher in front of your peers. "I went home and changed into regular jeans and a baggy t-shirt, but felt very sad about the incident and very degraded by the incident." (CBC 1). Two more reasons that explain why school dress codes are unnecessary are the three finger rule for tank tops and the rule that shorts have to be down to your fingertips. These two rules are the main reasons why dress codes are so controversial. Schools need to realize that not only that girls do not check to make sure their shorts and tank tops fit school guidelines, but also that stores do not sell clothes that meet those guidelines. However, if they do, they're always the ugly shorts and shirts. Schools cannot expect us to sacrifice confidence for guidelines without treating the boys the same way when it comes to their rules. “While school administrators may think that school dress codes target young men and women equally, often the specific listing of girls' dress (spaghetti straps, short shorts, miniskirts, bra straps) - and, even more specifically, how such dress codes are enforced - affect young women the most.” (Pomerantz/Raby 1).
The data and quotes I provided in the previous paragraph support my argument in a number of ways. First, each quote is either from firsthand experience or just a belief. The quotes that are firsthand evidence that add that there are people speaking out against dress codes. Also, they show that there actually is people being affected by it and it's not just made up. Another thing is that each quote thoroughly supports my desired argument. What I mean by this is that each quote explains by itself why so many girls are affected by school dress codes and why this issue needs to be changed.
Now, I know there is also the opposing side to this argument and I'm making that clear. I am not in any shape or form saying that there should be no dress codes at all and that we should all be able to show up half dressed, I'm not saying that at all. I also know that it could be uncomfortable for male teachers to see a girl in a tank top or have to dress code her, but they are old enough and mature enough to know better and not think that way. I am also well aware that they are intended to create a "working environment". Although, they do everything but create that so called "working environment". And yes, I am aware that dress codes were not created to degrade women, but that is what they have become known to do. However, I am saying that there needs to be modification. Modification in how the dress codes target girls specifically. Let's be honest here, who checks how many fingers their tank top is and if their shorts reach their knees or not? Nobody. Will anybody ever do that? No, because nobody does that now. So in that aspect of the dress codes there needs to be a major change or at the very least, modification.
To conclude and summarize this argument, there are various solutions that could easily fix this rapidly growing issue. For example, uniforms. Uniforms may take away self expression but at least the amount of unfairness girls feel would decrease. Also, maybe, just maybe, if the school boards just opened their eyes a little bit to see this problem there could be a change in how the issue of dress codes is approached. Another proposed solution is for school authorities to stop being so closed minded. They need to come to the realization that a student's feeling of confidence and security at school should come before anything else.
Zhou, Li. "The Sexism of School Dress Codes." The Atlantic. Atlantic Media Company, n.d. Web. 20 Jan. 2016.
"Taking on school dress codes: Teen rebels with a cause." Globe & Mail [Toronto, Canada] 1 June 2015: A12. Gale Biography In Context. Web. 20 Jan. 2016.
"London student in jeans, tank top sent home for breaking dress code." The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation 26 May 2015. General OneFile. Web. 20 Jan. 2016.