Dress codes are a small part of an entirely bigger issue, rape culture. This means “a society or environment whose prevailing social attitudes have the effect of normalizing or trivializing sexual assault and abuse.” (google 1) When you tell a girl her outfit is a distraction , you're telling her that a “distraction free” learning environment is more important than her education. Dress codes are distracting and unnecessary. “This philosophy of blaming women’s attire for men’s behavior toward them is unethical.” (Berigan 1). Dress codes should be eliminated completely or enforced equally upon both genders. The reason for schools giving these clothing restrictions is because girls showing a little skin is considered inappropriate. Requiring the girls to change out of their “suggestive outfits” is taking away education time. What we need to do is teach boys how to respect women and not view them as sexual objects.
America is the land of the free and home of the brave, but has it always been? If someone were to reference old documents like The Declaration of Independence or even The Constitution they would think so, but American history itself says otherwise. During the mid 1770’s slavery was an almost unquestioned normality and women had no rights, however when The Declaration of Independence was written, the statement, “all men are created equal” appeared while Thomas Jefferson stated the natural rights of every human. This statement is clearly not true in the eyes of the men who wrote and edited this document, hence proving that the statement “all men were created equal” is hypocritical. In accordance to primary sources gained from this period of intolerance and recreations of it, it is clear that not only were the women not treated as equal, but the African men and women treated as property were also stripped of the three main rights and liberties the Declaration argues for.
Recent headlines have highlighted the fact that rape culture is prevalent in our society, most noticeably on college campuses. To understand why this is a social issue we first have to understand what rape culture entails. Rape culture is a set of assumptions that reinforces male sexual aggression and disregards violence against females (Hildebrand & Najdowski, 2015, p. 1062). Simplified, it is an environment where sexual violence is normalized and most of the time excused.
School dress code has gotten out of hand, limiting young girls and boys on what they can wear to school. Telling young women that they are distractions in class because of what they wear. Girls get sent home because of their outfits it makes it seem like the administration is not worried about whether or not they get an education. Many types of clothing d or that have such as leggings, low cut shirts, and shorts have been banned or have restrictions. It is hard to find clothes that meet all these requirements. For some people, maybe leggings are all they can afford, but they cannot wear them to school without having to wear a tunic over them that goes to their knees. When a female student is taller, it then becomes
In Warriors Don’t Cry, Melba Pattillo Beals describes her arduous battle for racial equality in the brutal town of Little Rock, Arkansas in the late 1950s. When she was only twelve years old, Melba survived attempted rape by a white man. Scared and confused, Melba went home and told her family. However, they instructed her to keep quiet about the abuse because they believed getting the police involved would only make things worse. Unfortunately, thousands of sexual assaults still go unreported for a myriad of reasons, including distrust in law enforcement and the criminal justice system, the possibility that the abuser will not be punished, and victim blaming, a common occurrence in our society.
Lianne George was a writer for New York magazine and Metro TV, and a reporter on the arts for the National Post. Currently, she is a senior editor for Maclean’s, in which the article, “Why Are We Dressing Our Daughters Like This” was published. Maclean’s is a popular magazine which covers national and worldwide political and social issues concerning families in the United States and Canada. The targeted audience is educated, in the higher middle class, and around forty years old with an equal men and women reader ratio. In the article, George clearly shows how in society younger girls are shifting towards dressing more provocatively from marketers introducing them to sexual trends. Although George uses generalized ideas and doesn’t seem to have a strong voice on the topic of girls being dressed more sexually, her goal to raise awareness is effectively presented by constructing a common ground with the readers, and allowing the readers to critically think about the problem by providing contradictions.
Everyone scraped their arm once or twice as a kid. These scrapes and small injuries are defined as superficial wounds. It is easy to take care of these surface wounds just by cleaning the wound and putting a bandage over it. However, when these wounds get dirty or go untreated, they become infected. Superficiality can look great, but when taking a deeper look, one sees the infection developing. This is much like current American society. When looking at America on a superficial level, it seems like the “American Dream” is popping up all over the place, but in reality, when taking a deeper look, it is easy to see the “infection” developing and corrupting everything.
Any girl who has attended a public high school understands the daily dilemma of dress code. On those scorching hot days as the school year approaches summer, many girls can be found scavenging through their closet for a “school appropriate” outfit or one they won’t melt into a sweaty puddle in. Her dresses will show too much leg, her tops will inappropriately expose her shoulder or collar bone, and her shorts will be too short — at least that 's what the school says. Dress code in modern day high schools should be boycotted because they are a violation to student and parents rights, sexist, out of date, a double standard, and they disrupt a female students education.
Cameron Boland, Stephanie Hughes, Evette Reay, Miranda Larkin, Tessa Wisloh, Elizabeth Cary, Kylie, Kaitlyn Juvik and Ross Lynn. Nine girls, living in different parts of the country, who are different ages and live by different religions have nothing in common but two things. They are girls, and all victims of the “Dress Code Policy.” Girls all over the country have been body shamed, suspended from their school, and even kicked off of an honor roll because they weren’t wearing the right shade of green, or their collar bones were showing, or even a little girls hair being too poofy. Dress code is sexist to girls of all ages and should be looked over more thoroughly and reconsidered.
Chapter 7, titled “Who Are the Victims of Violence,” was interesting because the author wrote the chapter from the victim’s perspective and through their experiences. I found it sad to read about all these victims who are seen to be blamed for the torture that they endured. The chapter is introduced with some rights that victims are given by the states to protect them. These rights include the right to be noticed, present, heard, protected, have a speedy trial, restitution, and the right of privacy and confidentiality. Prior to reading this chapter, I had no knowledge of the specific rights that victims are promised, but I think it is honorable of our government to offer them these rights. Two concepts that I found oddly perplexing from this chapter were the information on homeless people and the constant need to blame the victim.
When it comes to the topic of dress code there are many controversial factors that come to mind such as While some argue that dress code is necessary in order to properly teach students to dress appropriately, others contend that dress code infringes on students individuality and creativity. This is not to say that there are some people whose feelings land in the gray area in between.
A few reasons a person may not report a rape includes: denial, fear of the legal system, fear of retaliation, guilt and blame, personal matters and victim-offender relationship. Due to denial, victims do not report rape because they may not be sure if it was rape. In order for a victim to come to the decision of reporting rape he or she needs to realize it was rape. Some victims do not realize it was rape due to the issue of less violence (Burgess et al., pg.376). The victims who report their rapes are the ones who acknowledge it was rape and the rape that occurred was more violent (Burgess et al., pg.376). In other words, the rapes that included more violence included acts such as being held down, slapped around and seriously injured while on the other hand less violent rapes may include verbal abuse so victims may not acknowledge this is still rape even if they were not seriously injured (Burgess et al., pg.376).
Over the last 20 years, many schools have shifted away from fairly unregulated student dress codes to more stringent dress codes, with some schools implementing voluntary or mandatory school uniforms. There are several positions on the dress code issue, each of which have their own persuasive arguments to support them, which can be evaluated to examine their validity. One position in favor of implementing dress codes is that these standards can improve student safety and perhaps even student performance at school. There are variations on this position that favor strict standards on what students can wear, while others want to implement school uniforms in public schools. The opposing view is that students should not be subject to any dress codes on the grounds that they restrict students' freedom of expression, and that they may place unfair cost burdens on poor families. Each of these arguments is examined to show their evidence and to decide whether student dress codes are a reasonable way to improve public schools.
2017 has been a year supporting female empowerment, expression, and confidence with your body. So why should girls feel ashamed of their bodies in the environment where they should feel the safest? The dress code should be less restrictive because, it’s unfairly targeted at females, it makes women feel less confident, and it restricts most athletic clothing made for girls. Schools continually enforce rules that they’ve had since they were founded. Times change, and rules need to too.