Dress Code Bias at AHS – OPINION


Ally Peterson

Peteron’s illustration of the dress code bias at AHS.

Ally Peterson, Editor

School dress codes, though written somewhat fairly to a degree, are not enforced in a fair and equal manner. A boy and a girl could wear the same outfit to school and only one would get in trouble, get dirty looks, and receive patronizing comments from their teachers for their clothes. Girls in school are dress-coded for shorts riding up too far, shirts falling too far over their shorts, too much cleavage, and too much shoulder. The dress code is portraying too much this, too much that, too little this, and too little that. On the other hand, boys wear white tank tops, essentially an undershirt, and don’t get dress-coded for wearing that. As acceptable as this is, it’s an unfair exception most girls are not granted. 

People would want to argue that girls and boys aren’t built in the same way. They don’t look identical so certain things are okay for one and not the other to wear. That reasoning is not only unfair but also disturbing. How these teenagers are “built” should not be a topic of debate, nor should it change the teacher’s interpretation of the dress code. It’s unprofessional and unwarranted for a teacher to dictate what is and isn’t appropriate through biased lenses, especially to kids who aren’t even their own.