Are Dress Codes REALLY Sexist?

This young lady’s jeans have holes right at the knee, adhering to the dress code.

The dress code at Banneker has been a long debated topic and many students and staff have differing opinions on it because it was set in place decades ago.

Dress codes can be viewed as sexist and unequal because they often pertain to the length of bottom wear. It wasn’t until the 1960s that women in the U.S. began to wear short skirts and dresses. 

According to multiple teachers, the consensus has been that the dress code is more about the real world and less about looking good in school.

Mr. Brooks, a teacher, said: “The dress code is more about preparing you for the real world and protecting you when you leave these doors outside of Banneker.” 

This skirt is mid-thigh length, breaking dress code.

A group of 10th-grade boys and girls all had similar opinions – the dress code is sexist and only geared toward females.

“Boys can wear whatever they want,” said sophomore Addison Lynch. 

Students who do not follow dress code have to wear the iconic blue Banneker shorts that cover their mistakes.

Principal Anita Berger said that she upholds the DCPS dress code, adding a few tweaks in between.