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NCHS writer wants dress code relaxed

Posted: November 25, 2015 11:55 a.m.
Updated: November 27, 2015 1:00 a.m.

Ashley Baker

In the morning, many girls all over get up an extra hour early to dress themselves and put on makeup, only to be judged upon arrival at school. The judgement does not only come from fellow students, but also from administration and teachers. This judgement comes from the dress code enforced for female students. While we understand certain dress codes are enforced in the workplace, we ask for administrators to understand we are teenagers.

The requirements of the dress code are not the only issue. The code is strictly enforced for the female students while male students can walk right by with a woman revealing it all on his shirt without anything being said. Girls have to go from store to store to find the right length of shorts, and the right width of a tank top straps which is extremely difficult due to today’s styles.

Appearance is a huge factor for all young women without added pressure from school officials. When the South Carolina heat is bearing down, and it’s about 96 degrees, most people want to wear shorts and a tank top. However, this is not allowed at school as it can be seen as a distraction to other students in the classroom.

As a girl in high school, I believe that instead of teaching girls to cover and hide themselves from boys, society should work on teaching boys to treat girls with respect regardless of how they are dressed. We are more than a constant distraction. Boys are never sent home for having revealing images of women on their shirt or showing their underwear every second of the day.

Girls should be able to wear what they want within reason, and the rules should be consistent for both sexes. If it is not OK for a girl to wear a tank top, boys should not be allowed to either. If boys do not have to go on a search for the eighth wonder of the world to find shorts that meet dress code, girls shouldn’t have to either.

(Ashley Baker is a sophomore at North Central High School; co-editor of the school’s yearbook, The Shield; and one of several high school columnists for the Chronicle-Independent, Camden, S.C.)


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