Here I go again.
When I was getting ready to leave for college this summer, I packed up all of my favorite clothes and stuffed them in large boxes. What I soon came to realize was that my wardrobe was dictated by the ridiculously sexist standards that I had been forced to comply with for the past 12 years of my life.
The first thing as I did as a student free of the public school system was buy a ridiculous amount of running shorts. I am not a runner. But it is beyond liberating to slip on a pair of comfy shorts that hit mid thigh in the morning without worrying what my administration will think of me wearing pants that are shorter than an inch above my knee.
And guess what I did yesterday? Ordered a sweater that is cut out on the shoulders. Guess what we weren’t allowed to do in high school? Show our shoulders.
So, yes, I am enjoying the freedom of college. More importantly, I am enjoying finally feeling like my body isn’t seen as a safety hazard for hormonal teenage boys around me.
If you aren’t aware of these ludicrous policies implemented in most school systems, I can explain from personal experience how absolutely disgusting they are. At my high school, dresses, shorts, and skirts were to be no shorter than 3 inches above the knee. Shoulders had to be covered at all times. Girls were not allowed to show cleavage. If these rules were broken the student would be sent home.
What’s wrong with this? Well, first of all, we’re teaching girls that their bodies are something that should be covered at all times to better accommodate males. There are very few dress code rules that actually apply to boys. Secondly, by sending these girls home when they break the dress code, we’re teaching them that what they wear and how they look is more important than their education.
Girls with larger chests can’t help how their boobs look in a shirt. Taller girls can’t help that dresses, skirts, and shorts are shorter on them than most people (speaking from personal experience here: buying dresses is super hard when you’re tall…like, you have no idea). So suddenly we’re supposed to change how we dress and how we act so that boys aren’t distracted by how we look?
Here’s my solution to this problem: send boys home for ogling at girls. If they’re unable to control themselves in school, maybe they should be the ones to change their behavior. Eventually we all have to be mature enough to be responsible for our own actions, so why not start now?
I realize that I’m biased and probably a little too bitter to be taken completely seriously, but now that I’m free to dress as I please I realize that nothing about this system was fair. If this behavior is acceptable, I’m afraid to ask what will come next.
As I sit here and type this post, I am wearing a pair of tight (and probably slightly see-through) leggings and a v-neck shirt that would make my high school principle cringe. But I’m comfortable and I can promise you that there were no boys harmed in the making of this outfit.