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Dress Up, Speak Up: Empowering Girls

Updated: Nov 24, 2023

by D.K.

Middle schools across the country are facing scrutiny for imposing double standards on girls through strict gender-based dress codes. This has led to a growing debate over whether such policies are necessary in the first place. Questions of fairness arise and people even question whether this discrimination is legal.

The issue revolves around the fact that many middle schools have implemented dress codes prohibiting girls from wearing shorts or any clothing that shows their shoulders. In stark contrast, boys can wear clothes like tank tops without fearing punishment.

Some argue that imposing dress codes is a necessary step to prevent distractions in the classroom, while others believe that they are simply a way to police girls' bodies and promote sexist attitudes. Critics point out that they are often enforced in a prejudiced manner, with larger girls and those of color facing harsher scrutiny than their white or thinner counterparts.

The issue has gained attention on social media platforms like Instagram and TikTok; many girls have followed the trend of posting photos of themselves in clothes not allowed in their classrooms with the hashtag #MyBodyMyChoice. The movement has sparked a national conversation about gender inequality and the importance of empowering women.


D.K. is a student from the United States. In her free time, she reads mysteries, plays guitar, roller-skates around her neighborhood, and volunteers in her community. She believes True to You will help youth raise awareness of community issues.

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