Dress Coded: An Education on (unnecessary) Sexualization

It’s good to see this problem engaged outside of “Christian” circles. So much of this is true and so much of it is garbage (not your post but the stupid need to blame girls ). So reblogging this to pass this on.



When one Illinois middle school cluelessly decided to ban leggings & yoga pants because they were “distracting to the boys”, they probably didn’t have any idea it would be the catalyst to a national conversation about dress codes in school.

I mean, dress codes are like, so un-controversial. Until now.

Now, all sorts of interesting stories are surfacing. Girls wearing the same regulation gym outfits, but the curvier ones are getting dress-coded. Tall girls getting dress-coded for short garments, even though they’re finger-tip length, while short girls seem to not draw the same leg-bearing ire. One girl getting sent home from prom for wearing pants. Another girl was sent home from her homeschool prom because male chaperons said her dress was “causing impure thoughts”…for the teenage boys, of course.

So… Many interesting stories indeed.

The leggings ban irked me immediately for two reasons. The first…

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2 Responses to “Dress Coded: An Education on (unnecessary) Sexualization”

  1. 1 geoffhorswood 23 May 2014 at 3:50 AM

    Um… To tentatively weigh in here (tentatively because I’m a guy and what women and girls wear really shouldn’t be any of my business), this is a really interesting issue. On the one hand I couldn’t agree more with “Girls clothing is not and should not be responsible for boys’ behavior”, but to raise one small point: these are BOYS, not grown men. They’re on the cusp of their own rush of puberty hormones, and still in the process of learning how to deal with them appropriately. Part of that is learning the above, that they can’t externalise the causes of their behaviour and blame somebody else’s clothing for them being little jerks. But there is a learning curve here, and it can be pretty steep. We certainly want to teach “YOU are responsible for your behaviour” but at the same time we realistically have to start at where these teenage and almost-teenage just-hitting-puberty boys are. A little mercy might be in order as we raise them into actual men rather than overgrown juveniles. It’s a difficult balancing act, though, and I’m not sure where, if anywhere, you’d draw the line, seeing as how you’d actually have to know the kids in question. Doesn’t make for good policywriting.

    • 2 pacbox 23 May 2014 at 6:20 AM

      Thank you. You bring up very good points. I had a very good reply to your comment that I just lost but am now going to turn into a post because it’s going to long.

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