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Dress Code – Necessity or Discriminatory?

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In a world where diversity and acceptance are becoming ever more relevant, a dress code, a set of rules made by people who are imposing their own morals onto our minds, is utterly restricting and perhaps discriminatory.

It is undeniable that the current dress code is primarily directed towards girls, because believe it or not, they do not sell skirts and shorts that are above their arms’ length to boys and nor do boys have to wear bras which inevitably have very visible straps. By telling girls that they can not wear the majority of the clothing items that are being sold to them in stores, due to the sole reason of it being ‘distracting’ for the members of the opposite sex, the school is actually objectifying these girls. It is normalizing the idea of men seeing women as nothing more than sexual beings, whilst forbidding women from thinking of men in such ways. It is making it seem as though it is okay for girls to have to dress a certain way which they might not enjoy, or might feel uncomfortable with, simply because it is the only way that the male population could be productive. It is encouraging male dominance as it is imposing the idea of women having to behave a certain way, purely for male success.

Furthermore, we are living in a society where women are constantly being judged for exploring their sexualities, and by teaching girls that there is a right and wrong in the way they dress, schools are actually encouraging this, rather than preventing it. Instead of teaching boys to respect women, they are teaching women to hide their bodies and be ashamed of their sexualities. Additionally, they are paving the way for body-dysmorphia, by telling young girls that they shouldn’t be loving and celebrating their bodies and that they should be shielding them instead. They are manufacturing backwards-thinking individuals who are incapable of understanding that we should embrace our bodies and be proud of the way we look.

In essence, dress codes are restraining, old-fashioned rules which are ultimately pushing women into being insecure about their bodies, while presenting the male population as the superior gender.

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Doğa U., Journalist

My name is Doğa and I am currently in grade 11. I was born in Istanbul and I lived there until I was 10 years old, which was when I moved to Switzerland....

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