New Year, New Controversy With Dress Code

Jacklyn Tran and Andrew Pena

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Dress code policies have been a contentious issue across high schools nationwide. With complaints of sexism on the rise, some students at Glenwood Springs High School are seeking change in the allegedly broken system.

Many believe that the school dress code is sexist and has a lopsided gender bias towards females. The complaints mainly come from perceived inconsistencies and inequalities in the rules stated by the dress code, and how that stifles both expression and individual rights of young women in high school.

Jacqueline Vargas, a sophomore at the school states, “Teachers should understand that us girls should get to wear what we want to.”

At GSHS specifically there seems to be a common thread in the issues that surface from the dress code. Again and again, girls point to rules like the “three finger rule” which states that tank top straps must be wider than three finger widths, or the “fingertip rule” which requires shorts/skirts be below the fingertips of an outstretched arm. Many female GSHS students see these rules as both meaningless and arbitrarily enforced, as male students are rarely reprimanded for breaking them, while they are strictly enforced against women.

 “It focuses too much on girls and what they can’t wear,” female student Morgan Reed said. 

Despite the increasing number of complaints among female students, they still only make up one half of the issue. In contrast, most male responses are markedly apathetic.

Freshman Asher Owensby mirrors this sentiment, “I’m not really sure in my opinion since I don’t really know what the dress code even says.”

However, some male students have begun to take on the same perspective as the females.

“Yes, it is sexist,” Senior Alex Peña said.

According to GSHS student council, there will be a meeting to address this specific issue on September 18th, at which point this story will be updated.

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