The dress codes of numerous schools are often very unjust. Many schools' dress codes clearly target girls. The consequences of not following the dress code include having to change or being sent home. Some of the "offenses" include shorts being too short and bra straps being visible. The justification for these rules is that it is a distraction for fellow students. I personally witnessed a student being forced to change as her shoulders could have been a possible "distraction to boys," the teacher said. This is clearly obsolete and biased against girls.

Though the idea of women being in the shadows of men was once a popular stance, it is now not. When a girl's school day is interrupted by her being forced to change clothes or sent home, this doesn't give a girl the confidence she needs. This is telling her that making sure boys have a "distraction-free" learning environment is more important than her education.

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Instead of shaming girls for their bodies, it needs to be taught that girls are not sexual objects. Showing "too much shoulder" or "too much leg" shouldn't be perceived as something sexual, as it is today.

Kavitha Muralidharan, Bloomington


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