After an announcement yesterday outlining what girls (and only girls) could and could not wear to school today (even though it was 80 degrees and the school would not turn on the air conditioner) someone posted this in a stairwell. A lot of girls were supportive of these posters, seeing as some teachers were sending down absolutely any girls wearing shorts.
OK so, I really like this but there are three things that need to be considered and one that just needs to be adressed. First is the question of is this a school in a community with high crime rate? If so it makes more sense to protect young women. I don’t mean to sound like what you were has an effect on that but young women don’t always realise the consequences of basic actions. Second is this a junior high or high school? If its a junior high girls(and boys) are at a prime time to do whatever. That includes dressing in ways the may regret. The third and possibly most prevalent is this. Is the school public or private? If t is a private institution then it is most likely A)held to a higher standard and so students should dress appropriately and or B)a religious institution as well as scholarly and so religious beliefs can be implemented. The final thing I wan to mention as a member of student government who works closely with the administration to make them gel with the student body I know how they think when making policy. They have to think of the average student and in some cases the least common multiple. In order to protect and help as many students as possible succeed they sometimes need to do things that don’t appeal to everyone. Its like in a sport, your coach makes you run sprits because one person is late. Its not because the whole team was late but now you are all better runners because of it. So when you find things n the internet and most importantly in real life look at the details and the story from a new perspective before you make any actions. Please and Thank you
Ok. I get the religious/private school thing. But. No. What would be “better for everyone” is if schools taught people not to rape and why not to and why what a girl is wearing shouldn’t matter when it comes to that and how it shouldn’t be her responsibility to not get raped instead of teaching girls that they need to cover up if you want to avoid it and make them feel objectified and then really end up getting raped/harassed anyway because believe it or not it happens to all women no matter how they are dressed. Not to mention that analogy with the coach is only making it sound like you’re punishing them all as whole because they’d be better off for it because it would change them. Like they did something wrong. You compared wearing shorts to being late for class and compared getting fit/healthy to covering up my limbs so I’m not sexually objectified.
You are totally correct but as I was just explaining to my sister is that it is a Lott easier and less messy for the school to ask girls to cover their cleavage then to ask guys to not objectify women. You can’t change someone’s thoughts as easily as dress code. I wish I could say that the schools need to get on that, and I hope they do, but until the time when men are as respectful as they should there needs to be rules in place.
Ok. So. Wow. Since it is easier we are going to contibute to the objectification of women and continue to just let men keep having the upper hand. Those rules aren’t helping. Those rules aren’t making men any less respectful than they would be with some cleavage showing. Those rules are set in place everywhere and the rate of rape and harassment is constantly GROWING anyway. Not to mention this specifically is talking about shorts and tanktops. They are sexualizing legs and shoulders. They are saying every single part of you is made for sex. As a woman, you’re legs and shoulders are sexual so you must cover them up. Literally, the only thing it is doing is making it worse. It is letting men go off thinking that these rules are set in place to teach women how to dress if they don’t want to get raped. So they will go out into the world and say well if they chose not to follow those rules she won’t mind being raped. And that’s why a large percentage of men who rape don’t even believe they are actually raping.