Extra credit column

Butt-cheek skimming shorts, with the word “KITTY” printed across the back and tank tops that don’t follow the famous saying, “Less is more”.

These are just a few fashion choices that have been displayed around De Anza College, and while some members of the male specimen are not complaining, other faculty, staff, and students are not enjoying the view and would prefer to see less of the human anatomy.

Some people may feel they are seeing more of a stranger’s body than they want to or should, so would the enforcement of a dress code at De Anza be the cure?

Skirts, shorts, and dresses that reach down to the finger tips, and shirts with sleeves that are required to be thicker than two inches would definitely change the amount of skin seen on campus.

And if a dress code were to be enforced, men should not be excluded. Many women would love to go to a P.E class without seeing the outline of a fellow student’s package in skin-tight spandex.

Although a dress code seems like the perfect answer to not having your eyes drawn to body parts that you don’t want to see, De Anza is a college, and the students on campus are adults and should have the freedom to wear what they want whenever they want.

Yes it can be distracting when the person giving a presentation is wearing a see-through shirt that displays a cheetah-print bra, paired with leggings that form a camel toe.

Yet the privilege to wear whatever apparel one wants gives people the chance to stand out from the crowd and show the world how they want to be viewed as an individual

The article, “Freedom of dress is a part of our freedom of expression” from catholicherald.co.uk says people the freedom of dress allows people to reflect their uniqueness to the world.

The freedom of dress also goes hand in hand with the freedom of expression, and this right is a right that everyone is entitled too.
According to aclu.org, the freedom of expression is not just restricted to pure speech but also symbolic speech, “nonverbal expression whose purpose is to communicate ideas.”

So whether or not someone’s clothing makes another feel uncomfortable, they are making an unspoken statement with their clothes.

It may hold a special meaning to the wearer, and that person deserves to voice that meaning.

Maybe the girl who wears a crop top that shows off her midriff feels empowered and confident whenever she bares her skin.

Maybe when a man sags his pants he is making the statement that he does not care about the public opinion and is proud of his undergarments, so proud that he wants to show them off to the world.

No matter what message they are trying to send, every person has the right to wear whatever clothes they like, and no one should question their decision to do so, or take away that choice.


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