To start with, it is important to mention that every day, girls are being sent home by schools due to what they are wearing, therefore hindering their education. Schools are sexualizing female students’ bodies as if they are there to distract male students while in fact, “the standards that high schools, middle schools, and even elementary schools impose on girls— and rarely on boys — have gotten pretty out of hand.” Says Suzannah Weis, in the article: 5 Ways School Dress Codes Reinforce Rape Culture, Because Women Aren 't A "Distraction". These rules are teaching kids that if a woman doesn’t dress a certain way, they are asking for attention. According to them, it’s not the boys’ fault if they give unwanted attention.
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. In the article, George begins by saying how provocative clothing is becoming more popular with little girls in schools, and how school officials have had to change the dress code due to
Sophie from illinois says that if a male touches a female it the female’s fault. Just because we wear clothes that shows some cleavage or something doesn't mean you should touch us or say something ugly it’s not our fault that you can’t control yourself or control what comes out of your mouth. Dress code lead to so much drama between people about how it’s always the girls fault when in reality it the guys fault they're the one’s who are making the decision to touch us or say something. Many girls have protested the dress code as sexist and that the unfairly target girls and body-shaming them for promoting sexual harassment. I truly do not agree with girl’s dress code.
Some men will call out other men on rape culture because they know that those actions were not acceptable. No matter the victim, all types of people are at risk; any gender, any race or ethnicity, any culture, any age. Throughout our history, most men don’t take accountability for the wrong actions they made, which has become the major issue and causes a rift between groups of people. More and more women have spoken out their personal testimonies of their experience with sexual harassment.
Instead of telling boys they need to respect women, how bout we throw a bandage on it and instead tell the girls they need to cover their body. The National Institute of Justice talks about how the rape reporting is changing over time. They say that it is a hidden crime despite the recent legal reforms. “That rate increased over the decade, but the fact remains that less than half of these offenses are reported to police.” (Has Rape Reporting Increased Over Time?)
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. One out of five females in the United States are sexually assaulted by a male at some point in their lifetime (Hildebrand & Najdowski, 2015, p. 1059) and college aged females are four times more likely to be a victim of rape than any other age group (Burnett et al.,
School Dress Code is Sexist 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.
In chapter nine of his book The Macho Paradox, Jackson Katz states the point that “It takes a Village to Rape a Women”, the point he is getting across, is that are culture is so caught up in its ways, that rape and violence against women is almost becoming a normal thing or something that is not as big as a problem as it should be. He gives a few examples of this in our American culture. One example is the sexual allegations that were brought up against NBA basketball player for the L.A. Lakers, Kobe Bryant. In this case, “the explosion of victim-blaming unleashed” (Katz, 2006, 154). Instead of blaming the person who was accused (a very popular and loved NBA All-Star), people started to point the finger at the nineteen-year-old who blamed Bryant for sexually assaulting her asking questions like: “Why did she go up to his room?
In “Tottenville High School in Staten Island, New York, handed out 200 detention slips for dress code violations… about 90% of which went to female students(Dockterman 1)”. Why would only women be the ones being caught for violating the terms of the dress code? It is not because they are the only ones but, because they have been taught as a young child, that they must be proper, and anything less than that is inappropriate. (Dockterman 1) also states that “rules for girls are blatantly sexual in nature, cover your skin, but are not for boys.” (Dockterman 1) also points out that this is in violation of “Title lX, the law that forbids gender discrimination in schools.”
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.
Retaliation can include sharing personal photos with others, spreading rumors that will affect her in the future, etc. (Burgess et al., pg.339). The guilt and blame is a factor that contributes to not reporting rape. Research conducted by (Frese, Moya, & Megias, 2004) suggests women feel guilty and blame themselves because they believe it was their actions or their attire that contributed to the rape (Burgess et al., pg.377). Their guilt and blame may also come from friends and family, their friends and family may ask questions that may have to deal with the people who were invited or if the victim was drinking with someone he or she knew or did not know.
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. It 's fair to agree with a policy that claims stringent dress codes increase the emphasis on academics and reduce the pressure of socioeconomic status; however, these dress codes violate the students First Amendment right to freedom of expression and the parents’ Fourteenth Amendment right to raise their children in their own way.
The high school students in the article “Student protests over growing gender-equal dress codes” took action against dress codes that discriminate the young adults for clothes that aren’t “of the norm.” “Not only have students been disciplined for violating dress codes, some say they've faced discrimination. A high school boy on a cheerleading team in Ohio was denied lunch in early February for wearing a bow in his hair. Boys at West High School in Columbus, Ohio, then wore bows in their hair to show their solidarity for him.” This particular student was part of his school’s athletic team and his fellow students looked at him different because he decided to wear what the other members of his team were wearing.