With feminist power on the rise, heads have begun to turn towards the injustices that many women, young and old, face each and every day. Most recently, dress codes have been a huge buzz phrase in the media, and not for good reasons. About two weeks ago, news came out that high school senior Mireya Briceno was ejected from her prom for her dress being “too revealing”. The dress in question was a blue and white spotted mermaid styled dress. The dress was backless, but her school’s dress code explicitly allowed backless dresses.
So why was she kicked out? The principal says that when Mireya entered the prom with her date’s jacket on, it was because she knew her dress was too revealing. Some sources say she agreed with that statement, and others say she denied it.
Not even a day later, another story of a prom dress code violation popped up. This time, student Alexus Miller-Wigfall was able to attend and enjoy her prom. However, a full 3 days later, she was hit with a suspension for her dress also being “too revealing”. Her mother, Alisha Sneed believes that because Alexus is “plus-sized” that she was targeted. Alexus’ statement aligned with her mothers. Alexus said that the assistant principal told her as much. “She said, ‘You have more boobs than the other girls. The other girls have less to show.'”
Sources go on to say that many modifications were made to the dress to better comply with the school’s dress code.
Here is the question that I pose for my readers today. Why are these girls being punished? Of course it’s my personal opinion that neither of these girls were wearing anything against the dress codes imposed upon them, but why are these dress codes so strict in the first place? A prom is supposed to the night of a girl’s dreams, and what worse a way to have those dreams dashed than by something as silly as a dress code. I’m sure many schools would like to say that they are protecting the modesty of these girls, but I don’t find that true. They cover us up because our body parts are deemed “distractions”. Who are they distraction for? The hormonal teenage boys that we attend school with,right? So why, instead of going to the root of the problem, are we punishing these girls?
These signs, and many like them, have begun to appear in the halls of our nation’s high schools. Girls want to step up and make changes in how society perceives us! Still don’t believe me? Go to Google and search “dress codes”, then click on the link that says “News”. Unfortunately, there are way more examples of dress code “violations” in today’s news than the examples I’ve left above. Go see for yourself. Again, these are my personal sentiments, and if you have a different opinion, I’d love to hear about it! So what should we do about these dress codes? Blatanly ignore them? Go to the media like the girls above did? What can we do to make a change? With summer coming up and school’s letting out, it’s time to make a game plan ladies!
-The Mechanic <3