Ok, US, seriously with the dress code..
Where I live, we don’t have dress codes. That’s right, when I was in high school and in the summer we came back to our crappy old school that had no proper air conditioning, we would wear really short skirts. And shorts. Those tops with the big cut sleeves where you can see the bra from the side. Tank tops.
And yet every single guy in my school got through their classes and graduated. They were not distracted by my short skirt or my bra strap showing - or if they were, I wouldn’t know because it’s not MY goddamn problem if a sweaty 15-year-old boy can’t control his mind and focus on the lesson.
The “boys get distracted by your bra strap” bullshit is the whole damn school system telling boys “it’s ok, you just cannot control yourself” and teaching girls that they need to cover up their bodies no matter how uncomfortable they might feel doing it, cause boys just cannot help themselves.
Whereas the no dress code system of my country teaches us that anyone can wear whatever the hell they want, it’s their body and it’s YOUR job to control YOURSELF. Stop telling girls they need to cover up so the boys can learn, tell the boys to stop staring at the girls and focus on their goddamn education.
I’ve found a lot of girl-shaming over dress code posts (school’s back in session?), and then I found this. It just confirms what I’ve been thinking for years, that American communities have become a bunch of mammering busybodies, wanting to stick their noses into the affairs of everyone else with little regard for important things.
They would rather screech about a girl’s shorts or bra straps than do something serious about education for the poor or police who have become militarized. They would rather edit history texts with a crayon than consider how they can ensure a liveable environment for their grandchildren. They wallow in their ignorance and blame others for the lack of resources and jobs that will ensure their children will have the prosperity they think they are owed. They are pettifogging fifth-raters who believe their scratches are more valuable than the world’s bleeding wounds.
Until they retract their attention spans from their rectal cavities and begin to work on actual problems, this country will continue its deserved slide into obscurity. Maybe then we’ll stop doing damage around the world, which would be a good thing, but it still makes me sad. Once we had something of value to offer other than the mouthings of tinpot moralists with magnifying glasses.