A look into JMS Dress Code – Two Sides to the Story

On the date of January 5, 2015, an eighth assembly took place. As many of you may know, JMS’ dean of students made a controversial (in the realm of JMS) speech concerning inappropriate clothing for girls. An anonymous writer had their opinion piece published yesterday, to be bombarded with a rush of commotion and opinions toward the matter! Haven’t read the piece? Find it here, along with many debate-full comments along the way! In response to the infamous article, two opposite journalists (who also wish to remain anonymous) have written-up their thoughts on the matter at hand. One, covering the exact meaning of “oppression,” as used in the piece yesterday, is against the anonymous writer. The other analyzes the meaning of Ms.  Torres’ speech delicately, and tends to side with the anonymous writer. What do you think on the matter? Comment below on who YOU think is right.

Editor’s Note:  In no way does either of the following articles represent the beliefs of the Jeffersonian, Jefferson Middle school, it’s students, or staff.  No offense is intended. 
This was the first opinion on yesterday’s letter: 
Oppression is…

Working in a quarry (rock mine) from the age of 4.

The capitalist system setting up the people for failure and hardship.

Having more fruit in a rich man’s shampoo than a poor man’s plate.

Suppressing our freedom of speech, religion or press.

Suppressing our right to bear arms.

Treating other humans as animals or objects.

Oppression is not:

Being selfless.

Being respectful.

Not being aloud to were inappropriate clothing to school.

Honestly, the dress code “movement” needs to stop; the rules are obviously never going to change. It’s funny how the author of the dress code letter seems to contradict them self. They specifically say NOT to judge yourself, when they are judging them self by looking in the mirror in the first place! Lets get real. The only reason why someone would wear a short clothing is to look attractive. Honestly, it is a distraction. That’s what short skirts/shorts are made for: getting attention.

This was the second opinion towards yesterday’s article:
Following Ms. Torres’ speech at the eighth grade assembly, there’s been a certain amount of discussion. The dean encouraged girls to “examine themselves,” and urged them to change their attire if “even one thing is remotely questionable.”

            It’s fair to say that her words aren’t a surprise. They’re in line with Jefferson’s strict dress code policies, but are they really reasonable? If one were to actually follow her instructions, they might have to change into a robe and headscarf before they could come to school. Everyone’s ideas of appropriateness and acceptability are different, and what an adolescent sees as perfectly normal might set off a “red flag” when seen by a teacher.

The image above is a symbol of feminism all across the world. What does it mean, however, in a middle school setting? What does it mean to girls and their dressing rights at the age of 14? We’d love to hear your opinion in the comment section below.



3 thoughts on “A look into JMS Dress Code – Two Sides to the Story

  1. Short skirts and shorts are not made to get someone’s attention! They were made to flatter certain body types. I can’t believe that go and talk to people that think that because I wear short clothing is to get their attention! Certain people wear certain clothing to make themselves feel confident not to get your attention.

  2. Skirt shorter than my tolerance for ALL oppression, regardless of how harsh it is, or how privileged and petty. says:

    I completely agree with the poem above, and in a comment I compared our privileged oppression towards those of some other people. The pseudonym was taken just because it was kinda “punny” and sort of related a little bit. I plan on writing many other articles under this pseudonym, such as highlighting the Boko Haram terrorist attacks, which is real oppression.

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