Dress Code is in Fact Normal

Staff Writer: Meghan Pierce

It seems as if the term “dress code” gets mentioned every single day; students have become baffled at the idea that no, you cannot wear a mini skirt to school. Why is it that this year dress code seems worse when, in all reality, it is more lenient than years past?


The feminism movement is on the rise. A social media boom has given the younger population access to controversial issues that have been around for decades. Breastfeeding openly in public places, growing armpit hair to obnoxious lengths, and refusing to wear a bra in public are only a few of the ways women have been speaking out against so-called “oppression”.


This resentment towards society has now carried over into teenage platforms, like Woodstock High School, as the female population feels targeted and oppressed by dress code. This idea that dress code is sexist, targeting girls for their shoulders and kneecaps, has spread like wildfire, causing rebellious teenagers to wear even more ridiculous clothing – i.e., wearing a shirt as though it is a dress.


What these females fail to realize is that the dress code is not a new thing. In fact, most teenage girls are shocked by the idea of school uniforms (which have been around since the 1500s and would miraculously stop the drama). In today’s society, there are a select few who would not mind coming to school and sitting down in a desk fully nude; it is the school’s responsibility to stop that from happening for obvious reasons.


In the sixth grade, I was called out for dress code and cried. The first day of my senior year, I was called out again, and minus the tears, this time I actually talked back to the teacher. I understand what it is like to be called out for something I thought I looked awesome in; but for most, dress code is simply a century-long tradition feminists are using to prove their point to a crowd of administrators who are not really listening.


It would be smarter to focus your attention on your education rather than an online petition for something that is not going to change anyway.



  1. Doris McBride says:

    I have quite a few problems with this article. I understand why dress codes came about bla bla bla why they are there bla bla bla. The major issues i have come from the closing sentence. “It would be smarter to focus your attention on your education rather than an online petition for something that is not going to change anyway.”

    “…for something that is not going to change anyway.” Throughout history, this phrase has been used to combat any type of campaign for change, though the exact wording may vary, the message is the same. Woman couldn’t vote or participate in government for the majority of history and that didn’t start to change until people started speaking out about it. From your logic, they shouldn’t have even tried because there was no hope of it EVER changing. Dress code is a minor thing compared to this, but even you stated in your own article that dress codes are becoming more lenient! Do you know why that has happened perhaps? It was because people started speaking out about it.

    “It would be smarter to focus your attention on your education..” How are girls supposed to focus on their education when they are being pulled out of class for showing their irresistible shoulders? http://www.alamogordonews.com/story/news/local/2016/08/25/aps-pulls-60-students-class-dress-code-violations/89360212/

    While I don’t agree with almost every point made in your article, any semblance of respect i had for it was undermined by the closing statement of a closed minded author.

  2. Doris McBride says:

    Where did my reply go? I spent a while writing that…

  3. Doris McBride says:

    Also the image you used offers a valid point. Why aren’t they the same?

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