How Do You Feel About This School's Homecoming Dress Code?
A Wisconsin high school implemented a dress code requiring students to obtain approval on their homecoming dresses before the dance....and people aren't happy.
There's a lot of controversy around school dress codes these days. Plenty of schools have received pushback for their rules, with students and parents alike deeming specific policies sexist—but we've never heard of a dress code quite like this one.
Back in 2015, Pewaukee High School in Wisconsin reportedly implemented a policy surrounding school dances. Under this, "dress-wearing" students were required to submit photos of their outfits for approval ahead of the events. Students received an email reminding them of this rule in preparation for this year's homecoming dance...and it made some serious waves.
The controversial rule is rubbing plenty of people the wrong way, and one parent decided to speak out against it. "The girls are essentially being held responsible for the wayward thoughts (administrators) think boys have," Rebecca Sheperd told the Journal Sentinel. "They're being told, 'You are the problem.' These are the roots of rape culture, frankly. They're being told we can't trust you to make a good decision, so we'll make that decision for you."
But the district's superintendent denied any sexist implications—he said the policy is in place so students won't be sent home on the day of dance due to dress code violations. Like most schools, this one prohibits shirts that expose a student's midriff, spaghetti straps and skirts that hit higher than mid-thigh, according to the school's handbook. The handbook also detailed dress code for dances in the following terms: "Students must be mindful of the school approved dress code...for school dances. Specifically, students are reminded that: Shorts and skirts must be of an appropriate length. Shorts or skirts must extend below the mid-thigh. This means that when standing with your arms straight down, the bottom of the garment must extend below your fingertips.If your shirt or blouse has a low cut neckline and/or is too revealing it should not be worn."
Again, the dress code isn't exactly an unusual one—but the school dance policy is, especially since students are reportedly required to obtain approval on their dresses before they can buy tickets.
Parents, we want to hear your thoughts on this. Do you think the rule is unfair? Is it sexist?