But each of these arguments comes from the observer rather than the observed.
And while the APA acknowledges that anyone can be sexualized, they suggest that girls are the most at risk.
Compounding the issue, some argue, is that by telling students that these body parts are important to others, schools reinforce the idea that those parts should be important to them too.
When it comes to exploring sexualization in dress codes, these hidden messages make the process difficult.
Afterall, how do you quantify something that is Although “dress codes” implies that they merely regulate the clothes that students can wear, we found that 77% of schools’ policies specifically prohibit the visibility of certain body parts.
And being handed a detention slip because a small sliver of my torso was exposed.
Like Schwartz, my earliest memories of feeling sexualized came from the adults who were enforcing my school’s dress code.
Here, we’ll focus on the last issue: how dress codes sexualize students by analyzing the rules and their framing in 481 public high schools across the US.
In early 2017, writer Dana Schwartz posed a question to the Twitter-verse: “Ladies, when was the first time you were made to feel embarrassed and sexualized for what you wore?
If you aren’t currently in high school, it’s probably been a while since you’ve read a student handbook.
The dress code section, present in about 55% of US public high schools, contains a set of hotly debated policies.