Pro: Dress code protests are a distraction

Protests against the dress code are distracting and ineffective


Beth Brackmann

Many MCHS students are content with the current dress code, which is reasonable and fair, and are not interested in testing its boundaries.

Vanessa Moreno, Staff Writer

A student wanders around school with the phrase “my chest is not a distraction” across her skin. Others stare and whisper among themselves, criticizing the young woman’s efforts to protest the dress code. Considering that the dress code as written is reasonable, These protests against MCHS’s code only cause more distractions. 

In 2015, students created a Facebook page to express their disapproval of MCHS’s dress code. After gaining support as well as local media attention, a protest was organized. It was later canceled, however. Six years later, the dress code continues to be controversial.

The dress code only prohibits clothing items that cause harm or distract others. For example, garments that display vulgarity, profanity, or bigotry are not allowed. This seems adequate, as high school students should dress appropriately for the academic setting. The dress code also mentions that undergarments should not be visible. Again, this seems reasonable. No one wants to walk around seeing others’ underwear. MCHS’s dress code is reasonable and encourages a positive learning environment. After all, school is a place for learning.

In early September, many female students began protesting the dress code. These students claim the dress code targets women. Students would write phrases like “my shoulders are not a distraction” across their bodies to protest the code. Writing in thick, black marker is obviously going to catch the attention of others. Students are free to express themselves of course, but it shouldn’t be at the expense of others learning. 

Additionally, women often argue that the dress-code targets them and that people shouldn’t be looking at their chest, thighs, or shoulders anyway. This is reasonable, but their protests are counterproductive as they are drawing unwanted attention to these body parts. Not only are these protests distracting, but also hypocritical. There are surely better ways to protest the already lenient dress code. 

As long as these protests go on, students will continue to gawk and snicker among themselves. Protests against the dress code are only distracting and counterproductive. Not to mention, MCHS’s code is already flexible enough.