First of all, I personally don’t believe the Dress Code Movement (yes, Movement) needs to be stopped. If it’s a topic that at least one person feels strongly about, then it’s a topic that should be discussed. Obviously, many students at JMS feel the dress code is outdated and call for some adjustments. Saying “the dress code will never change,” is NOT an excuse to stop a movement, even if that movement is a small one. If you never try, then there’s a 0% chance you’ll succeed. (special thanks to Ms.Kinney for teaching us that lesson.) If you want to stand up for what you believe in, then do it and make sure your doing it for the right reasons.
Now, as for what was said at the assembly, I don’t think Ms.Torres was trying to prevent anyone from expressing themselves through their clothing. She was simply reminding us that there is a dress code and it needs to be followed. If you don’t think that the dress code is fair, then bring it up to someone who has the power to change it. Don’t disobey the current one to make a point, because, trust me, it won’t work in your favor. The message from Ms. Torres wasn’t to judge yourself, as in point out your flaws. Her message was to judge what you are wearing, so it corresponds with the dress code. Also, I would like to point out that this Assembly was supposed to be somewhat of a pep talk to the students of JMS. Therefore, more of a message of encouragement, rather than a vicious attack on our morals. What was said at the Assembly wasn’t really a big deal in the grand scheme of things.
Feminism: The advocacy of women’s social, political, and economical rights, especially in regards to the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities.
Humanism: A system of values and beliefs that is based on the idea that people are basically good and problems can be resolved using reason instead of religion.
All in all, the issues with the dress code are very important to people and should be discussed, but only for the right reasons. My advice for anyone who is trying to change the rules and/or thoughts of others is to pick your battles wisely, because not every argument is worth the trouble.