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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Leggings as Pants: Is it really THAT bad?

Now, I know this seems like a nonsensical issue to blog about, so let me explain. We all remember having dress codes in school. Some high schools wore uniforms, others had a long list of what you could and mostly what you couldn't wear. Now, a school in Minnesota is banning Leggings being warn as pants because they provide more "definition" than the average pear of skinny jeans. The issue the principal sees is that because these young women are flaunting themselves in super revealling clothing... leggings, they are distracting to other pupils.

Reading this article reminded me of my own high school dress code:

1. Shorts, skirts, and dresses must be mid-thigh length.
2. Blouses can't show bare stomach or back.
3. No tank tops.
4. No pajama bottoms.
5. No hats or sunglasses.

Now, it might have changed, but there's something interesting about this list. Most of the regulations that were really enforced pertained to ONLY the Female students (and if we talk about Female Identified students, that's a whole different story.)

If this is the case then, school dress codes are used to make female students dress more conservatively, so they don't distract the heterosexual male students from their studies. That's what my school taught me and what seems to be happening in Minnesota as well.

Wouldn't it be pertinent to just teach students to treat each other with respect instead of blaming female students for being distracting? Shouldn't students learn to value each other for more than what they are wearing? That seems to be the real issue for me.

1 comment:

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