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TikToker Explains How Misogyny Seeps Into Our Culture, Shows That Dress Codes Are Not That Innocent In A Viral Video
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TikToker Explains How Misogyny Seeps Into Our Culture, Shows That Dress Codes Are Not That Innocent In A Viral Video

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It’s no secret that our society is governed by rules that start from an early age, and we don’t really question them. And it starts from a basic level. Think of the school dress codes that tell girls and boys how to dress. Recently a group of teenagers at a Sacramento art school even staged a protest to challenge the “sexist” dress code that you can read about in our previous article.

Now, the TikToker Chan, @chan42911, has posted an illuminating video where she shared her thoughts on how dress codes are inherently misogynistic and why they teach young girls “that their bodies are property and inherently sexual.”

Her video that amassed 3.3M views and went viral was made in response to another TikToker who asked people to share things that are “incredibly misogynistic but everyone ignores and pretends like it’s normal.”

Chan’s explanation will likely stir some thoughts, so let us know what your take is on dress codes and school uniforms in the comments below!

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@chan42911##stitch with @platformboobs I could talk abt this for hours there’s so much wrong w it ##fyp ##feminism ##dresscode ##misogyny♬ original sound – Chan

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More and more people believe it’s time to finally end sexist dress codes in school. The topic has come to the spotlight in the past years as a variety of incidents have shown how flawed the system is.

A year ago, a public high school in Texas made it into headlines for suspending a 17-year-old gay male student for wearing fingernail polish. But the polish would have been perfectly acceptable if the student were female.

According to the school’s student handbook, the dress code prohibits males from wearing makeup or nail polish, noting that the penalty for violating the dress code is an in-school suspension “until the problem is corrected, or until a parent or designee brings an acceptable change of clothing to the school.”

Similarly, a transgender Texas teen said she’s been banned from school until she adheres to male dress code. That would mean losing her earrings and cutting her hair, reported Metro Weekly.

But such rules not only put pressure on trans kids: many argue that the very idea of gendered dress code, telling girls to wear short skirts and boys to dress in pants, is inherently sexist. You can’t help but wonder what educational value in schools such demands give to children, and whether there’s one at all.

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Liucija Adomaite is a creative mind with years of experience in copywriting. She has a dynamic set of experiences from advertising, academia, and journalism. This time, she has set out on a journey to investigate the ways in which we communicate ideas on a large scale. Her current mission is to find a magic formula for how to make ideas, news, and other such things spread like a virus.

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David Andrews
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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Dress codes and uniforms are not in themselves misogynistic, but the way they seem to be enforced in some places seems to be. If they are designed just to make sure pupils are dressed smartly or similarly to their peers, and prepared for the real word, i think it's fine. Issue is when they start having different rules for girls or boys, and start using the "distraction" excuse, which is insulting nonsense to everyone involved. We had a dress code at school, however it was things like no ripped jeans for anyone as it wasnt considered smart enough for a school environment, and having worked in a number of offices since, is pretty much a standard rule in a lot of workplaces

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ChinmayGhule
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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The purpose of uniforms is to instill discipline, unity and equality among students.

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Ozacoter
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2 years ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Dress code is disgusting because like op says is based on adults sexualising girls. In my school, girls above 14yo couldnt wear short pants (of any kind not even showing the ankle). We asked a teacher why the boys could and he said "well his knees are not erotic". Which implies that he tought that a 14yo girls knees are...

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Salty Baritone
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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You’ve gotta me kidding me. Look, I did educational outreach in Louisiana for a year and sang for many title 9 schools where there were uniforms. I asked a teacher why, and they told me it was to remove the greatest source of bullying and violence; not all kids could afford the same clothing and would steal each other’s shoes. Stop trying to make the world all about your privileged victimhood. Some people are actually suffering. 🤦‍♂️

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just me
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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think school uniforms are great, not just for the reasons you stated but because it can increase a feeling of belonging and unity in the school. This wasn't about that kind of dress code. This was about the dress code that sends 5 year old girls home for spaghetti straps. The kind that polices the length of girls' shorts but not the length of boys'. It's about authority figures sending the message that the girls need to cover up or they'll distract the boys and male teachers.

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David Andrews
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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Dress codes and uniforms are not in themselves misogynistic, but the way they seem to be enforced in some places seems to be. If they are designed just to make sure pupils are dressed smartly or similarly to their peers, and prepared for the real word, i think it's fine. Issue is when they start having different rules for girls or boys, and start using the "distraction" excuse, which is insulting nonsense to everyone involved. We had a dress code at school, however it was things like no ripped jeans for anyone as it wasnt considered smart enough for a school environment, and having worked in a number of offices since, is pretty much a standard rule in a lot of workplaces

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ChinmayGhule
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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The purpose of uniforms is to instill discipline, unity and equality among students.

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Ozacoter
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2 years ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Dress code is disgusting because like op says is based on adults sexualising girls. In my school, girls above 14yo couldnt wear short pants (of any kind not even showing the ankle). We asked a teacher why the boys could and he said "well his knees are not erotic". Which implies that he tought that a 14yo girls knees are...

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Salty Baritone
Community Member
2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You’ve gotta me kidding me. Look, I did educational outreach in Louisiana for a year and sang for many title 9 schools where there were uniforms. I asked a teacher why, and they told me it was to remove the greatest source of bullying and violence; not all kids could afford the same clothing and would steal each other’s shoes. Stop trying to make the world all about your privileged victimhood. Some people are actually suffering. 🤦‍♂️

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just me
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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think school uniforms are great, not just for the reasons you stated but because it can increase a feeling of belonging and unity in the school. This wasn't about that kind of dress code. This was about the dress code that sends 5 year old girls home for spaghetti straps. The kind that polices the length of girls' shorts but not the length of boys'. It's about authority figures sending the message that the girls need to cover up or they'll distract the boys and male teachers.

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