[Freedom of Expression?]

Emily Taylor's picture

I respect dresscode rules. I think that they are slightly necessary because frankly, I really don't want to see a bigger girl in next to nothing (though for them it usually isn't enforced. Which is sad to see them degrade themselves in such a way.) However, when I wear a shirt that doesn't violate the dresscode in any way, I don't appreciate it when some teacher tells me to change my shirt simply because he doesn't like it. "The First Amendment guarantees many things, it doesn't guarantee that you won't be offended." I forget who said that but whomever did, thank you. I feel like my rights are being squashed simply because some jerk of a teacher (and that is me being polite about him) doesn't like it or me for that matter. Personally, if I didn't like what someone was wearing and it wasn't violating anything in the dresscode, I wouldn't let it get to me. Perhaps this seems small but it bothered me for awhile so I thought that I would write it down.

EDIT: Just thought I'd add a fyi. The particular shirt that I wore, it read: "Oh crap. You're going to try to cheer me up, aren't you?" I wore it that particular day because it was a Monday and I thought that it was a good Monday shirt.

GeneralRamos's picture

As far as dress codes to

As far as dress codes to begin with, it's mostly a social issue. Our societal norms deem certain types of dress 'appropriate' for certain situations. If we gre up in a nude society, however, this wouldn't be an issue.

But anyhow, it's certainly a censorship issue. Institutions like public education seem to suppress many free speech rights. They are trying to protect people from being offended, which, quite frankly, seems counter-productive to creating a free society and preparing people for the real world. You're going to be offended by people, and you're going to have to deal with it. This always bothered me too.

melcoh41's picture

I feel your pain.

My school never enforces the dresscode when it comes to those girls (you know the ones)... Likewise, none of the FFA kids get in trouble for their anti-vegetarian/vegan garments.

Yet, I get scolded (loudly, I might add.. by a substitute teacher/local pastor/coach) in the hallway for wearing my "Darwin is my homeboy" shirt and my friend must turn her "Make music, not war" shirt inside-out because it is "controversial."

Hardly freedom of expression.

Emily Taylor's picture


I am now curious to know what that particular teacher that I mentioned in my blog would think of one of those shirts. Do you know where they bought those shirts by chance? Thanks lovely.

Emily Taylor wrote: Do you

[quote=Emily Taylor] Do you know where they bought those shirts by chance? Thanks lovely. [/quote]