In days of old a glimpse of stocking was looked on as something shocking, and now it seems that we have made a complete U-turn back into this Victorian state of mind.
This year, schools across America have implemented a dress code to improve the education of all – the only problem is that the dress code is directed at Females only, which basically divides, prohibits and denies equality. The direct opposite of what America is meant to stand for.
One example of this is a teenager who was sent home on the first day of school for wearing a top that exposed her collarbone which defied the school dress code. Yes, you read that correctly, showing your collarbone can lead to suspension for female students.
Some schools even publicly chastise their female students through humiliation, a 15-year-old student in Florida was forced to wear oversized red jogging pants and a neon yellow shirt, each with ‘dress code violation’ emblazoned on them.
But why is this enforced? There must be a legitimate reason – a reason that would make complete sense and I am now going to reveal all.
Male students are not reaching their academic potential because of the way female students dress. Ladies, our dress sense is single-handedly destroying the education system. School administrators believe that female students are distracting males by dressing in a way that is provocative to them.
So instead of tackling the issue of sexually objectifying someone, they decide to infringe the rights of women; therefore teaching their students that the rights of women are subservient to the self control of all. What will be next? The removal of sex education in schools? The segregation of Gay students in changing rooms? Or the abolition of education for females altogether?
This is not just a dress code issue in the education system though; this is an issue that affects women across all nations, in all walks of life and this is not okay.
A woman’s dress sense does not constitute consent in any capacity. Chrissie Hynde, lead singer of the once popular band, The Pretenders, has revealed her own horrific experience with sexual assault, but her thoughts on who is responsible in these situations was somewhat shocking. “If you don’t want to entice a rapist, don’t wear high heels so you can’t run from him. If you’re wearing something that says ‘Come and f**k me’, you’d better be good on your feet”, she shockingly proclaimed.
The fact that Women are constantly struggling to battle the objectification of their gender is troubling enough, but now women are having to battle other women which is just soul destroying. We should be promoting body confidence, not blaming the clothes people wear for the heinous actions of others.
However, the right to wear our choice of clothing seems petty when women around the world are subjected to forced marriages, genital mutilation and the denial of an education equal to men. Can we compare a few items of clothing to that of human dignity? I don’t think we can but I also don’t think we should have to. We need to start small in regards to the rebalance of the genders.
So instead of removing the female dress code, let’s open up the dress code to all genders and start establishing traditions based on the content of a person’s character and not on the basis of their sex.