Broadneck’s Dress Code: Are we still considering clothes “distracting” in 2022?

Opinion Article by Lily Saunders

Dress codes in schools have always been a controversial topic in society and seemed to have increased in popularity over the past years. While most dress code regulations are considered normal or understandable, not all students would agree. 

Although the dress code has a few perks, such as allowing hats in school, every student is different at Broadneck. Naturally, their style and the clothing pieces they choose to wear will reflect that. How we dress everyday mirrors ourselves and our personality, but bridging beyond that is the specific type of clothing we choose to wear. Some people prefer pajama pants, jeans, skirts and even slippers, and that’s fine because it is what they choose to wear. However, I think it is important to specifically note the divide in what is acceptable to wear between the genders and identities in school. This is where the particular controversy comes in, when the debate between what a student can show up to school in. Most of the clothing items not allowed to be worn by Broadneck students are clothes that typically a female would wear. 

Over the course of the school year, girls seemed to be the ones called out for wearing clothes that no one would look at twice if a boy wore them. An example of this is tank tops. A  muscle tee worn by countless boys is seen as completely acceptable, but a simple tank top worn by a girl is not? 

This is where the possible deep rooted sexism seems to play into our very own dress code. If a boy can wear essentially whatever he wants, why can’t a girl? 

Schools across the U.S have come across this similar debate over the years, where female students are treated differently than male students in regards to what they can wear. The one word surrounded by all of these controversies has been “distracting”. 

After coming across all of this, the issue appears to be not what a female is choosing to wear to school, but how schools systems choose to view it. Wearing tank tops for example, was not a problem until schools made it that way. 

How exactly are shoulders being shown in a tank top distracting, but a muscle tee for example is not? The intentions in these choice of words has absolutely nothing to do with a female, but with society. 

Should anyone really be distracted from something as little as shoulders? 

The simple answer to this is no. If the answer ever happens to be yes, then not the female wearing the clothing, but the person feeling that way should be held accountable for that. Do females not deserve the same respect or human decency that a males would have in the same position? The fact that that is even a question says enough.

Schools are all for creativity and expressing identities until it comes down to gender.

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