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Letter: School dress codes should apply equally to both genders

My daughter is an 8th grader at Horizon Middle School in Moorhead. She is an excellent student and has had the benefit of many talented educators to guide her. A point of contention that continues to come up this year is the dress code. According...

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My daughter is an 8th grader at Horizon Middle School in Moorhead. She is an excellent student and has had the benefit of many talented educators to guide her. A point of contention that continues to come up this year is the dress code. According to the school's website, "Short shorts," clothing that exposes the midriff or undergarments, and other clothing that is not in keeping with community standards is not allowed."

Looking at the statement it seems to make sense. However, in addition to that, the female population has been told by a few in position of authority that they are not to wear clothes that are "distracting" to the male population. These young women get reprimanded for exposing their shoulders while the young men are free to walk around in tank tops.

Young women are reprimanded for wearing crop tops while young men are walking around with their pants around the bottom of their gluteus maximus clearly exposing their underwear. I have witnessed this myself when I have picked her up from school. I am completely in favor of a dress code but, especially in the spirit of the #metoo movement, maybe it is time all genders are subject to the same rules.

Feragen lives in Moorhead.

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