Someone call 911: She’s Showing Her Shoulders!
“I am going to need you to go home and change your clothes please,” is a sentence many of us Valwood students have heard at least once from the administration. Valwood is known for teaching their students the value of dressing for a work environment. However, many of the students have come to the conclusion that the school dress code could use updating.
According to the results of a recent poll, the majority of the girls feel that the Monday Dress rule is not weather-friendly, especially during the colder months. Some of them also said it is uncomfortable and awkward. Not having holes above the knee is another rule that the girls are expected to follow. Why is it considered inappropriate to have holes above your knee when most of your legs are already covered up? Skirts are often more revealing than jeans. The girls also want to be able to wear leggings. Girls are willing to wear shirts that are long enough to “cover up” if they would be allowed to wear leggings. The girls just want to be as comfortable as the guys are throughout the week.
Now the boys, on the other hand, do not feel as targeted. However, the boys feel just about the same on Monday Dress as the girls. A long sleeve, button up in the middle of summer is just as uncomfortable as exposed legs in the winter. The guys also feel as if they are being stereotyped when it comes to the girls. They feel they are absolutely able to control themselves when they come face-to-face with a girl’s knee.
Out of every junior class polled, all girls except three said they would like to revise the dress code, or at least make some small changes. The same results came from freshmen, sophomores, and seniors. However, most boys in each grade said they only have a slight problem with the Monday Dress. About two out of every five boys polled said they did not like having to wear ties or bowties. The intention is to prepare students for real jobs, but just how many jobs require men to wear ties or women to wear dresses?
Imagine the last day of school on exam day, and the administration tells you that you have to go home because of a hole in your pants that happens to be above your knee. What do you do? When Mary walked into school ready to take her exams earlier in the year, she was told that she may not be able to take her test for this reason. Isn't an exam more important than a dress code violation? What can we, as students, do to loosen the fist that is our dress code? Our shoulders want to know!
- Mary Schroer and Audrey Douglas