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The concern for overly exposed young bodies may be well-intentioned. With society fetishizing girls at younger and younger ages, girls are instructed to self-objectify and see themselves as sexual objects, something to be looked at. A laundry list of problems can come from obsessing over one’s appearance: eating disorders, depression, low self-worth. Who wouldn’t want to spare her daughter from these struggles?
But these dress codes fall short of being legitimately helpful. What we fail to consider when enforcing restrictions on skirt-length and the tightness of pants is the girls themselves—not just their clothes, but their thoughts, emotions, budding sexuality and self-image.
Instead, these restrictions are executed with distracted boys in mind, casting girls as inherent sexual threats needing to be tamed. Dress restrictions in schools contribute to the very problem they aim to solve: the objectification of young girls. When you tell a girl what to wear (or force her to cover up with an oversized T-shirt), you control her body. When you control a girl’s body—even if it is ostensibly for her “own good”—you take away her agency. You tell her that her body is not her own.
When you deem a girl’s dress “inappropriate,” you’re also telling her, “Because your body may distract boys, your body is inappropriate. Cover it up.” You recontextualize her body; she now exists through the male gaze."
Hey folks! I’ve been working some time to open up a Redbubble shop, and I finally have enough of my designs ready to do it! You can get stickers, shirts, cards, and prints of pieces from Snap Crackle Pop, or just my other quirky art.
I have a lot of other cool shirt designs that are going to be exclusive to this shop, and those will go up shortly as well. Trying to keep the prices pretty low for everyone also. Let me know what you think!
Hey, my sister’s got a RedBubble shop! I especially love the mermaid anchor in blue, and the stained glass-style piece of Kit and Morgan is one of my FAVORITE drawings she’s ever done. Check it out!