School dress codes aren’t only sexists, but there’s also racist and islamophobic.
I (First Nations, Mohawk) used to have hair past my chest but my middle school forced me to cut my hair because “boys couldn’t have hair past the tips of the ear” (I’m not a boy either, but they assigned me ‘boy’ as a gender) but even when I begged them to let me keep my hair because of spiritual beliefs, they forced me to cut it. A classic move of the white school system against native children. I got a referral everyday for the 65 days I refused to cut my hair. I cried for two weeks after the principal took scissors to my hair. I’m still growing it back.
My best friend (who is an aboriginal Egyptian) was once told to remove her hijab (also a gift I had given her) because “hats weren’t allowed” (a mixture of racism and islamophobia), she reluctantly took it off.
In middle school again, my friend Nemo ( First Nations, Navajo) was told she couldn’t wear her traditional clothing on her 13 birthday, celebrating her reaching puberty. She was sent home and forced to spend her birthday alone while her parents worked.
Tomorrow is my 18th birthday, an important life event in Mohawk culture (becoming an adult) and I want to wear my traditional clothes to school, especially because I’ll have to celebrate all alone this year since I live far away from my nation. Even though my school doesn’t have uniforms or a strict dress code, I’m afraid they’ll tell me that my clothes or very light face paint are “distracting” and tell me to take off my traditional jewellery (headband, choker, bracelets) or wash off the face paint.
I’m sure these are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to racism in the school dress code, and general school systems. White culture is enforced in everything from the dress code to the curriculum.
Words are our favorite right?! So as an American Indian High School Librarian I want to share my favorite with you: “Much money and many precious lives would have been saved if you had fought my people with Books instead of Power ” -Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins, Paiute American Indian Activist
I love being a librarian, and I love fashion! I have no particular style, other than, if like it, I will try it on! And of course if it is on sale, even better. This picture is from a day that I hosted with students, it was a Decades Book Club where every month we explored books, music, etc from a particular era… this is my 1950’s rockabilly dress.
Dana Lowery Ramseur, MLIS
Central Cabarrus High School, NC
School Library Media Coordinator
American Indian Education Program Coordinator
We are not allowed to wear anything that could be perceived as offensive.
I am no longer permitted to wear anything containing an inverted cross, (but anything with a regular cross is fine because it is “religiously appropriate”) because that could be offensive.
I’m not allowed to wear a bunch of mcr tees because they portray death.
I’m not allowed to wear ripped jeans because they’re not, “ladylike attire.”
I’m not allowed to have tee shirts that say things like, “Your Presence Is Unappreciated.”
I’m not allowed to wear shorts that are shorter than just above the knee.
I’m not allowed to wear tank tops.
I’m not allowed to have visible bra straps.
So basically, I and many other girls going to my school, (a public one,) will now have to spend a large amount of time and effort, not to mention money, purchasing new, “school appropriate” clothing in order to now fit society’s image of “a proper girl.”
Did I mention, that the only thing the boys aren’t allowed to do is wear hats?
Well, I’m off to spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars on an entirely new wardrobe. Wish me luck.
Imagine how many story plots would be severely altered if men were as easily distracted from their tasks by women’s knees, shoulders, elbows, existence in general, as they seem to be according to the American education system and its dress codes. “I have to throw this ring into the fires of Mordor because the fate of Middle Earth depends on—oh shIT AN ELF ANKLE I CAN’T GO ON CARRY ME SAMWISE”
In which boys at Buchanan High School in California wore dresses to school – and girls wore collared shirts and button-downs – to protest a change in the dress code that would tighten gender-based clothing restrictions.
To top it all off, no male students got in trouble for wearing dresses, whereas two girls were punished for wearing shirts that read “DRESS CODE SUCKS.” Keep up the good fight, y’all. Gender policing sucks. (via BuzzFeed)
okay but i am so done with the american education system
yesterday these fliers were put up in my school
today at least 20 girls that i saw (i heard over 50 from other people) got dress coded today
and apparently the girl who put up these got detention for it.
i saw girls crying because of getting pulled into the office after getting dress coded. so many girls had to change. so many girls. as this flier says, stop over-sexualizing girls’ body parts- like, oh my god SHOULDERS- BOYS- DISTRACTED- OH NO LEGS !11!!!!-
boys’ education seems to be more important than girls’ education. and i am absolutely FED UP with it. it’s going to be summer. do you know how hard it is to find ‘bermuda-length’ shorts for girls??? because that’s what the code is for my school at least.
something needs to change- lots of things have to change.
welcome to america and my school where you can take away a girl’s privilege to education because you can see their shoulders or their shorts are too short
tl;dr: the american education system is stupid and so is the dress code
So as some of you may know, I’m currently working as a teacher. Since the weather has been warm for nearly two months now, I have seen lots of dresses, skirts, hot pants/short shorts, crop tops, and borderline see-through blouses and tops.
Apparently, according to many in North America, this should be a huge distraction for me as a male teacher. However…
THE MOST DISTRACTING THING IS WHEN STUDENTS AREN’T PAYING ATTENTION AND TALKING TO EACH OTHER IN CLASS.
THAT IS MY BIGGEST IN-SCHOOL DISTRACTION.
WHY IS THIS SUCH A HARD CONCEPT FOR OTHER PEOPLE TO GRASP?!?!