Freedom of Expression
by courtney_viv on February 8, 2016 - 3:10pm
On February 5th 2016, an article on Huffington Post Canada highlights the protest a group of boys from California’s Buchanan High School took part in. A recent dress code was enforced at this High School in regards to the boys banning long hair and earrings, and that only girls were to be able to wear dresses or skirts. Therefore, both female and male students of this high school tested this new policy switching gender norms. The students also began a petition with already 3,500 signatures. One student named Emma Sledd states that what they wear does not define them as students. She believes, along with other students that they should have the freedom to express themselves equally. She also states that “a boy with long hair is no less of a hard worker than a girl with long hair”
Ever since I was a kid, I was always taught to dress appropriately so that it wouldn’t distract the boys from learning. As if what I wore is the leading cause for boys to be distracted in class. In my high school, ripped jeans, tank tops with spaghetti straps, tube tops or dresses/ skirts that weren’t knee length were against the school policy. Along with that having unnatural hair color was against the school policy because it was not “professional” and it would be distracting to other students in the classroom.
All this to say that the way that we dress ourselves for school is equal in matter to how we would perform in school. This is all complete lies because never once did wearing a skirt that was an inch shorter than the school policy stop boys from learning. It did however stop me from learning because I was forced to go home to change because according to the principal, who was female, believed that my skirt was too short and would distract the boys in class. Not only was it annoying to have to go home to change, but it was humiliating for not only me but the boys because the principle does not believe that the boys wouldn’t be able to contain themselves if a girl was wearing a skirt.
I believe that no matter the gender, we should be able to have freedom of expression because regardless of what we are wearing, it will not affect the way in which we perform at school