Expecting I need feminism, because as a female, I should not be expected to be the gatekeeper of a male’s bad behavior. Expecting young girls, teens, and women to be responsible for the actions of boys and men creates a very slippery slope that ends up placing very harsh restrictions on women’s bodies, while also letting boys and men avoid the responsibility of having to focus on how they need to improve their own actions. With all of the clothing restrictions that are placed on girls, at what point do we take females out of school altogether just because boys can’t handle looking at our collar bones or glancing over at our thighs?
Boys in school need to be taught that it doesn’t matter if the girl next to them is wearing a skimpy bikini or fully clothed from head to toe, they need to learn how to do multiplication.
How any female around them is dressed has nothing to do with that boy.The strict dress codes public schools place on girls does nothing but tell girls to cover up our shoulders just so that we don’t distract the male students and faculty, because “boys will be boys”. We need to stop telling women that they need to change in order to avoid unwanted and inappropriate attention from men. We need to start teaching men to respect women, no matter what type of clothing they are wearing.