The Treasure Hunter

A blog by Joanne Yatvin

Personal Opinions on the Right Clothing for School

on May 11, 2018

I hope that readers remember the piece I published last week  about a teen age girl who got into trouble because the shirt she wore to school showed the outlines of her nipples. At that time I asked for readers’ opinions on the matter, and I received two of them which I will post today. I will also post my own opinion. If you are still not satisfied with those opinions please let me know why, and I will publish your point of view.

P.S.  I just discovered that this response to a recent article was not published as I thought on May 2nd. I don’t know what mistake I made, but I will correct by making sure that It is published today.

Jane W’s Opinion

  1. Being sunburned certainly qualifies as a sickness. Stay home till better.
  2.  Kids with shirts with vulgar sayings must change (or put shirt on inside out, if that solves the problem) or go home.
  3. Nobody has the right to disrupt the educational process.

Plthomasedd’s Opinion

The problem is dress codes, according to research, they are sexist. Here are some opinions to read.

“Shame” is a Documentary on School Dress Codes by a 17-year-old student, available on YouTube. This could be a text in this unit or a model for documentaries created by students.

“Why School Dress Codes Are Sexist,”by Li Zhou (The Atlantic). This is a well-written work of journalism that covers the topic of sexism in dress codes well and serves as a strong model for public writing that uses hyperlinks as citation.

“Sexualization, Sex Discrimination, and Public School Dress Codes,”by Meredith J. Harbach. Here, students can examine a scholarly approach to the issues of sexism and dress codes.

“The Unspoken Messages of Dress Codes; Uncovering Bias and Power,” by Rosalind Wiseman (Anti-Defamation League). A curriculum resource and excellent overview, this can serve as a guideline for students lobbying for changes to dress codes and/or writing alternative codes that avoid bias.

“Baby Woman,” by Ratajkowski is a contemporary celebrity, model and actress, who takes a strong public position as a feminist, despite her association with provocative and sexualized media (controversial music videos and TV commercials). Her personal narrative is a strong model of the genre, but it also complicates views of feminism and female sexuality as well as objectification.

(More books were listed, but I thought these were enough.)

Joanne Yatvin’s Opinion

Having seen some really bizarre outfits on young people in public places recently, I feel that we shouldn’t have them in school, too.  They would almost certainly distract or offend students and teachers. For that reason I favor school uniforms, as long as girls can choose pants or a skirt to go with a top that fits well. Boys should have a choice of different types of pants, and all school uniforms should be washable.

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