"In my school, a teacher can give you demerits for wearing shorts that are above the fingertips when your arms are at your sides, or when you wear a spaghetti-strap shirt, or when a bra strap is visible. You can get in trouble for showing cleavage or “too much skin.”
If that last part sounds vague, it’s because it is. All dress code enforcement is at a teacher’s discretion, which means it’s not enforced equally. The administration basically only targets girls, and not boys who have their pants too low and show their underwear or who wear loose tanktops with huge armholes that show their sides. My general viewpoint on what is “appropriate” when it comes to clothing is this: I understand that the school has to have certain rules about what is appropriate attire for school so that kids don’t come to class naked. But when it’s 95 degrees outside, girls shouldn’t be getting in trouble for wearing shorts.
I’ve also noticed that the teachers who take it upon themselves to crack down on girls wearing inappropriate clothing only target girls with curvier figures. There are girls at my school who are very, very skinny, and wear short-shorts all the time, but the teachers overlook this and go straight to the girl who fills out the shorts. When you look at it this way, girls aren’t getting in trouble for the length of their shorts. They’re getting in trouble for the way the shape of their bodies."
Izzy Labbe, Ugh, Dress Codes (via sparkamovement)