Schooling the Body
Dress codes enforce a vision of girlhood by telling girls what to wear.
For more than six generations, girls have been sent home (and denied education) for violating a dress code. The rules change over time, but the belief that girls' bodies are trouble remains constant.
Some girls' bodies are treated as more trouble than others. This is particularly true for girls of color and working-class girls.
Breaking barriers, girls fought back and claimed the right to love their bodies in all shapes, colors, and sizes.
When I arrived at school...an administrator came up to me and told me that "this is my last warning"...I felt really embarrassed because who isn't embarrassed when getting dress coded in front of people?
I felt like that the way administrators dress code us is inconsistent...it's extremely embarrassing...and makes me want to go home and change instead of focusing on what is being taught in class.