In one way or another, we have all been affected by dress code. Whether it is getting actually called out or not being able to wear a cute top during the spring because it shows your shoulders. The dress code enforcement at Powell High School is selective. The dress code is also biased toward girls because of how they are over sexualized. Sports, like cheer and volleyball, wear short skirts and shorts without a word said; however, let a girl show her shoulders during instructional time and it’s too “distracting” to male students. REALLY?? How the heck are they able to focus during a football game? They can focus on catching a ball, or running while these overexposed cheerleaders are doing toe touches with short skirts, but shoulders distract them in class? The problem here is not the dress code itself, it’s the lack of equal enforcement. Some girls can wear whatever they want to and will never get called out because they are one of the staff favorites, or have a 4.0 gpa and never get in trouble. While some girls are wearing the same thing but have gotten involved with the wrong crowd and are publicly embarrassed by a faculty member.
Different body shapes make certain types of clothes look different. Taller girls have a lot more trouble finding shorts that fit right. Shorter girls have trouble finding straps that don't sag and make their neckline too low. Curvier girls fill out things differently than thinner girls. So essentially, you can't enforce a dress code without a uniform truly. Everyone looks different depending on the style of clothes they wear. That is not the problem. The problem lies within the hierarchy that works within the enforcement as well as the oversexualization from male students.