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He said She said: Dress Code stay or go?

Dress codes have a place after removing implications

The dreaded dress code, an age old issue, is debated by students, faculty and parents alike. The camps have historically been split by gender and age; boys and most parents believing the code is fair and honest, while girls dread the rules with a passion. In this modern era, the lines are starting to blur and more people are starting to acknowledge that dress codes tend to be more unjust to females than to their male counterparts.

The dress code does have a legitimate place in schools around the country; it does a deal of good by ruling out shorts that show off more than anyone should enjoy seeing or denying someone to show off their ribs with an open cut off or “bro tank.” It’s only when the dress code goes too far, which it inevitably will, that there begins to be a problem. Walking through school with a sense of fear toward every teacher because half an inch of shoulder is showing shouldn’t be an issue; walking with fear because there is too much skin and too little shorts is understandable.

The point of a dress code is to keep students reasonably dressed and to keep “distractions” to a minimum. This always brings up one question: How is a shoulder a distraction, or a collarbone for that matter? The answer: neither is. It’s as simple as that. The only possible thought process that this follows  is that the eye might trail down from the shoulder to the parts below, therefore making the whole shoulder something to be covered and with it that enticing collarbone. 

And this is where the dress code goes too far. It tries to do too much, cover too much, and puts too much weight on a young girl’s shoulders. Why should girls have to take the blame for pubescent boys distractions, especially since boys have control over where they look and girls do not. Or for that matter, male teachers’ misogynistic comments. A whole class of students at Gull Lake witnessed a male teacher say: “If I can’t look you in the eye because of the clothes you are wearing, then we have a problem” just last spring.

In this day and age of sexual awareness and acceptance some sort of agreement should be reached in which female students shouldn’t have to be fearful or take responsibility of a male’s wandering eye; the male should hold himself responsible.

A middle ground needs to be reached where the dress code is used for its original purpose: stating a code to follow. For a code to be followed and accepted, all of the other implications need to be taken out and shouldn’t target one group. Once the implications are removed, it will take the fear out of wearing clothes that are comfortable to one, but too showy for others. The code needs to be enforced fairly with equal and reasonable amount of punishment for offenders. One gender should not take more of the blame, nor should one be in fear of greater punishment.

By Sierra Rehm


There are no issues with the Gull Lake dress code

One of the biggest issues that has been argued here at Gull Lake has been the policy on dress code. This issue has affected both genders such as how girls aren’t allowed to show any shoulder, and guys are afflicted by the same rule. These have made dress code a prominent topic for student debate. The issue has stayed constant for years, and it is that the policy is fair and makes the most sense.

There are few arguments that make sense against the dress code. But for the most part, people want it changed simply so they can show off their bodies. There are places they can do that such as malls or beaches or almost anywhere else. People, just wait the six hours of school time. The school is a professional environment and should be treated as such, to see people actually fight to have the right to wear vulgar clothes is just sad and pathetic.

 Few arguments that have been against it that have made some sense: Taller students want the rule changed because their normal shorts are too short for school standards. The school has give them some leeway though as long as the clothing is sensible and covers everything it was designed to. If they are one of two inches off due to height the school has let them pass, and the same goes for guys and their shorts and shirts. The school understands that everyone has a different build and need rules specific to that build. But the rules now are so general and have some exceptions to make it fair enough for people to not complain. Sadly though, with the our generation mostly, we aren’t like that and have to deal with these girls and guys whining about not being able to go shirtless or basically pantsless in a classroom.

The dress codes are fair and sensible rules, and it doesn’t make sense to change it. This is a place parents have paid to learn, not to show off extremities to a bunch of people you won’t care about in a few years.

Want to dress in sleeveless tank tops and short shorts? Go to the beach. Wanna show off most of your body and wear shirts with alcohol logos? Go to the mall. Don’t bring that idiotic nonsense into a professional environment. It’s really that simple.

By Tyler Grosser


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Sierra Rehm
Sierra Rehm
Hi, it’s Sierra here. I have been a member of the Gull Lake community for my lifetime so far. I have always lived, learned, and grown in the Richland area. This year is my Senior year at Gull Lake and my third and final year as a staff member on the Reflection. My time working on the paper has not only evolved my skill and grown my passion for writing and reporting, it has heightened my sense of school spirit. For the past two years I have contributed as the staff video editor, as well as feature and entertainment editor; which means I monitor and edit articles within those areas on the website. In total I have won three MIPA awards within the two prior years on staff,(first, honorable mention, and third) all of which involve video production. I spend the rest of my time doing school work, writing for personal enjoyment, working, or spending time with friends.

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