We Need to Change the Greely Dress Code

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Robin Hutton

“Maybe I should just wear a tarp.”

Stephen Abel, Ranger Review Staff

The dress code is something that has been around for hundreds of years. It originally was created to fight protesters and silence their right to protest. Now it has evolved into much more.

The official Greely dress code under section J, code JICA, part E from the official MSAD #51 policy manual, says “Clothing that is unduly revealing and which detracts in any way from the educational program is prohibited.” 

What does this exactly mean you might ask. Well first hand its sugar coating the real meaning which would be that clothing that promotes sexual behaviors and distractions to the educational program is prohibited, but it doesn’t make sense how spaghetti straps and shorter skirts fall into that category.

One thing we hear all the time is that boys get distracted by what girls wear. Why are people sexualizing what girls feel comfortable in? Why are people so worried about how distracted boys will be? Instead of this part of the dress code, the school needs to add a section about how to treat people and to teach not to sexualize somebody over something like spaghetti straps or a shorter skirt.

The last problem I have with the dress code is that it is not specific: “Clothing that is unduly revealing and which detracts in any way from the educational program is prohibited.” What does that mean? Does this mean someone is going to have to wear something to school and get in trouble to figure out if it’s fine to wear or not?

The Greely dress code needs to change. 

 

Now.