Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Your Opinion - Jacky

Hello again! I just wanted to thank everyone who's read this blog, (300 and something page views?! That's amazing, even if a good chunk of those are probably mine) it's truly amazing to see.
So earlier this week I sent out a survey about the dress code here at Treasure, and received 16 responses. So what did students have to say about our dress code? Here are a few responses that stood out to me:
I think the new rules have gone overboard and are starting to be very unreasonable.
I hate it. It's completely directed towards girls, so it's very much sexist. It perpetuates rape culture, planting the message in our heads that if a girl wears something that shows her basic anatomy, she is asking to be looked at in a sexual way. Well, that is bullsh*t.
Gee wiz Jacky, I have so much to say! Firstly, I HATE IT! I am a very modest person who never wears leggings alone, never wears tank tops to school, and always follow the rules. The dress code, however, has gone too far. I personally think scarves are stylish, make me look better and keep me nice and cozy in the winter. Also, I don't usually wear belts anyway but... THEY HOLD OUR PANTS UP! What would you rather? Low riding teens or kids with belts that could possibly maybe be used for inappropriate reasons? The dress code is dumb, and they might as well make us wear uniforms at this rate.
I hate the dress code so much that if it was a person I would stab in in the neck.
I don't like it. I feel like the dress code is very bias when it comes to genders. I feel like they are telling girls like us that hiding our bodies is more important then education, and that the boys deserve more learning than us. I also feel like the dress code is just adding in stuff just to make the girls singled out. Besides, who sags their pants? Who wears muscle shirts at this school? Besides, most of us girls don't wear tank tops or short shorts to get boys attention. We might just want to wear them because they are comfortable and fashionable. Maybe its warm out? But noooo, we are forced to cover like every inch of our bodies because its very "distracting." I hate the dress code, I think its very unfair.

As you can see, people tend to have a few problems with the dress code here. Granted, I surveyed mostly girls, but the dress code is all about us, after all. The majority of opinions were very strong, and rightfully so.

I also asked what changes these students wanted to see in the dress code, and their requests were absolutely reasonable. We should be able to wear hats, comfortable clothes (seriously, do you realize how comfy yoga pant are?), and overall being able to express ourselves the way we want to. And no, that doesn't mean showing up wearing bikinis paired with neon pink hair adorned with flashing lights. All we're asking for is more tolerance towards students and what we feel happy and confident in.
Again thank you to everyone who participated in taking the survey! Hopefully it will help.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Beauty Redefined... For Half of Us - Faith

Tuesday at Treasure brought an assembly schedule - meaning classes are about fifteen minutes shorter to allow for a convention. It coincided with happy students, because everyone likes a shorter class, not to mention a temporary disruption from the status quo. This particular disruption was presented by sisters Lexie and Lindsay Kite about their organization, Beauty Redefined.

While the message of the presentation was clear and well meaning, the method of conveying it was less effective. It's not that it was boring or anything, but it almost completely ignored half of it's audience. The presentation was focused entirely on what women and girls can do to empower themselves based on their inner traits instead of outer looks. Obviously, that's right up this blog's alley, and a completely needed change in society. But when giving a presentation to an audience of about half men and half women, you must include everybody.

 While I found the presentation rather influential, it was obvious that the boisterous eighth grade boys beside me did not. (Granted, eighth grade boys are perpetually boisterous.) Unfortunately, all this presentation had to do with the male species was a couple of weak percentages and a few sentences stating how eating disorders affect men as well. 

This presentation would have been much more suited to a predominately female viewers. Even so, if we're trying to change something, we can't just ignore the boys. In fact, they should receive just as much information as women. To take any steps toward gender equality, women need to respect themselves, and men need to respect women. It's necessary that everyone is educated. While the Kite sisters presentation had good intentions, ignoring half the population is not the best way to change the world.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

A Handful of Clarifications - Faith

The purpose of this blog is to rant about the dress code. If you don't care for (rightfully) disgruntled teenagers with strong opinions, it probably isn't for you. Today, however, my post is a little less enraged. I'm here to elucidate a couple of things.

1) The problem is not the dress code. The problem is the justification for having a dress code. Our Treasure Mountain Student Handbook states, "Wearing anything that distracts from the teaching and learning experiences in the classroom may result in disciplinary action."  If someone comes to school with a hairdo that sticks three feet off their head covered in flashing lights, I understand the problem. But an open back blouse? A tiny strip of midriff? The reason for an acceptable dress code is to keep clothing professional, but ours claims that it's in effect so students aren't distracted by each other. Which takes me to my next point.

2) The problem is not when adolescent boys look at adolescent girls. Teenagers are going to get distracted by other teenagers no matter what. The problem is when students get off track and blame the girls. 

What we have:
"Wow, that person is really attractive. Who even cares what x equals?"After the distractee sees their grades: "I was sidetracked because so-and-so was wearing spaghetti straps!" Resulting in even more inappropriate restrictions on clothing. If this continues, next thing you know, people won't be allowed to wear makeup because it's too distracting.

What we need:
"Wow, that person is really attractive. I'll talk to them at lunch. Right now, I need to finish this equation." The distractee deals with their issue and gets a good grade.

 I'm hesitant to use such gender specific roles here, but the dress code distinctly targets girls, especially this gem here: "No low-cut shirts/tops that expose cleavage." Boys, by nature, do not have cleavage. What I'm trying to say is that not only boys get distracted by girls and vice versa.

3) Of the fourteen terms in the TMJH dress code, one is generally directed towards boys, three are gender neutral, and the remaining ten are most likely intended for girls. In case you didn't know, females get abstracted too. Maybe boys should wear paper bags over their heads, so they don't distrait other students. 

As review:
Boys aren't the enemy. 
The justification for dress code is the issue. 

We need to teach people that if they get preoccupied, it's their fault. Or, we could just have more interesting classes so students don't get inattentive in the first place.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Contrary To Popular Belief - Karsten

Yes, I am a teenage boy. No, I do not stare at teenage girl's so called "attractive" body parts. Call me what you want, but I think that the dress code is sexist and gender specific. I have never heard a dress code rule that was specific to boys. Well, except for muscle shirts, but who wears muscle shirts? Oh and sagging pants, but that is so mid-2000s. People are already over that fashion trend. I know that different teenage boys do look at girls in a sexual way. Those guys are probably mad because the dress code has rules that restricts certain parts not to be displayed. But in the words of a close friend of mine, "I can still stare at the eye candy, no dress code or dress code." See, that's the thing that the school doesn't understand. Guys will stare at girls, and girls will still stare guys, dress code or not. They just need to stop trying to make teenagers wear things they don't want to wear. No matter what they do, there is no stopping teen hormones. Might as well just give up. Oh and another thing, contrary to popular belief, not all guys are constantly staring at your butt.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Nasty Things like Girl’s Shoulders - Jacky

You see it in every school. It seems as if it gets more and more restricting and demanding every year.

Dress code.
I’m sure you’ve heard it all:

•No skin is to be exposed on the torso at any time. (How scandalous.)
•No spaghetti straps or tank tops less than three fingers in width. (Shoulders are arousing.)
•No low-cut shirts/tops that expose cleavage. (Uh-oh! basic human anatomy!)
•No body-tight spandex/denim can be worn without a top, shirt, or sweatshirt with a length that reaches just beyond the end of a closed fist, when arms are fully extended down the sides and shoulders are relaxed. This includes, but is not limited to, leggings, jeggings, yoga pants, and pants with or without buttons and pockets. (Oh no, not more anatomy.)
•No bras, sport bras or bra straps can be exposed at any time. (Cause God forbid anyone finds out that I, a fourteen year old girl, wears a bra.)

Those are just a few of the overwhelmingly specific rules I pulled from our lovely little handbook.
Notice a pattern? Almost every dress code rule in the student handbook is pointing straight toward girls. Sexist much?

Now, we’re told that these rules are only in place to keep out nasty things like girl’s shoulders and torsos because we wouldn’t like any distractions in our learning environment. Girls are already made to feel incredibly self-concious as it is, and the fact some old men are inspecting out clothes and telling us what we’re doing wrong pisses me off. But does our opinion matter? Of course not, not now. I guess that’s what this whole blog thing is about, getting our opinion out there.
Our bodies, our rules. We need to have a say in this.
Because some guy won’t be able to learn around a girl wearing tight pants. Well here’s a nifty idea: Why the hell are girls getting yelled at when guys look at them inappropriately? I’ll ask you again: Why the hell are girls getting yelled at when guys look at them inappropriately?
So as soon as I hear a legitimate argument for why we need this throughly limited, sexist, and in my opinion, totally ignorant dress code, I’ll stop. But until then, I’ll be right here.

Girls Education is Just as Important as Boys - Maddy

I think, and I know a lot of other people that think the dress code in our school is inappropriate. Being a teenager, you're encouraged to express yourself and figure out what you plan on doing in the future. Girls education is just as important as boys, and our dress code right now is focused mainly on girls. To a lot of guys, I know what a girl is wearing isn't really "distracting." A girl has to be decently exposed to distract someone, and I don't know anyone or see anyone in this school dressed that way. You shouldn't show a ton of skin like you might if you're just doing stuff over the summer or over the weekend, just be professional. It's also offensive that the girls get blamed for boys getting "distracted". A dress code is understandable to be professional, but the way that it is presented isn't appropriate to me and other girls. I know a lot of people that have gotten dress coded in the past year and it actually makes people feel uncomfortable, because you know that teachers and other people are looking at you and your body. The only time that you really see people standing/walking around is in the hallways, and there are too many people to just really focus on one person and what they're wearing. The rest of the day everyone is all sitting in desks and no one can see you fully, so it's not distracting to what you're wearing. Girls aren't trying to distract boys by wearing whatever they want, they are just expressing themselves. 

Publicly Humiliation - Livy

The dress code in our school is sexist and is encouraging rape culture. Saying that a girl can't be comfortable because it distracts the boys and "interferes with their learning"  is unbelievably wrong. What about the girls education? Does that matter? Does the fact that girls at this age are insecure as it is matter at all? We have to go out and cover our body because it is deemed inappropriate. That is wrong.  A body is a body. The people in charge of the dress code need to STOP SEXUALIZING TEENAGE GIRLS and let us wear what ever we want. They need to consider that the boys are at fault too and it isn't just the girls.  The boys are the ones looking. How is it the girls fault when all they do is slip on a pair of leggings? Saying that girls are being distracting and they need to stop is like saying if the girl didn't want to be raped she shouldn't have worn a short skirt. Every morning, the girls in our school are publicly humiliated by the announcements saying that we have to cover our body because it is wrong to show it.  I understand what is wrong with showing half of your boobs or shorts that don't cover your butt at all, but leggings? That is ridiculous.  People say the woman's rights movements had finished in the1970s but that is not the case, because us girls are still suffering.