Girls in a San Francisco–area school district complained the dress code was “sexist” because it seemed to apply more to them than to the boys. But instead of opting for modesty and sensible clothing choices for all students, Alameda High School scrapped almost all wardrobe restrictions. Bare midriffs? No problem. Micro-mini skirts and short shorts? Why not? The only thing students can’t wear: anything containing violent images, hate speech, profanity, or pornography. Well, that’s a relief. And as long as whatever they are wearing includes a bottom, top, shoes, and covers private parts, it’s “dress code legal.” Districts in Portland, Ore., and Evanston, Ill., have similar policies.
Girls might have had a point that they were singled out by policies targeting short and shirt length and spaghetti straps, but couldn’t these districts have come up with a more common-sense approach? Let’s be honest: No one wants to see boys in spaghetti straps and short shorts, or short skirts for that matter. Seems like it would have made more sense to require all students to have their shoulders, upper legs, and everything in between fully covered. Who could argue with the neutrality of that? —L.J.