why do women wear skirts and dresses
As for long hair, from a Judeo/Christian/Islam point of view:
1 Corinthians 11:15 But if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For her hair is given to her for a covering. 1 Corinthians 11:14 Does not nature itself teach you that if a man wears long hair it is a disgrace for him. Since the Bible was (and for some, still is) the word of God, long hair is for women and an abomination for men. High heels are another matter. Originally Persians put heels on shoes to stop the foot from sliding forward in a stirrup. The Greeks did not use stirrups (or wear shoes). Eventually, as stirrups became common, so did heels. Modern riding boots and cowboy boots have heels for this reason. One precursor to the high heel as a non-riding shoe is the, kind of like a full-foot platform. They were worn outdoors by men and women to keep their shoes clean. Imagine walking down a muddy, dung-filled street. Wearing a patten makes sense. Eventually, with the advent of riding boots and heavy shoes for men, only women wore pattens. An indoor version of the patten became mules (backless high-heeled shoes) which eventually led to the high-heel shoe. Modern high heels did not come about until the 1930s with the advent of the steel shaft to support a high heel. As the Industrial Revolution progressed, sex roles became more firmly entrenched.
A middle class with women who did not need to work arose. Before, most women did some kind of work (mostly farm and household labor). The rise of the middle-class ordinary women could dress in impractical ways, something that only the upper-classes could do before. Hence, we have women with high-heels, elaborate hair styles and clothing. Most men, even middle-class men, were still considered men of action, unlike their aristocratic betters (who lived a life of leisure), therefore, men needed to dress in a more practical manner: no lace, no heels, no curls, no fancy embroidery. These became the purview of the people of leisure, middle- and upper-class women. That a man could support a woman of leisure was a sign of success. While the wearing of school uniforms has a long history across Australia, we are only just starting to talk about the expectations around what girls wear to school. From discussion about the lack of change in girlsБ uniforms over time, to about why schools need to divide students down gender lines at all, various groups are asking why girls are still required to wear skirts and dresses at schools. For some parents, requiring girls to wear skirts and dresses to school is an outdated expectation that amounts to gender disadvantage and discrimination.
As, skirts and dresses restrict movement in real ways; wearers must negotiate how they sit, how they play, and how quickly they move. Skirt-wearing, consciously and unconsciously, imposes considerations of modesty and immodesty, in ways that trousers do not. Wearing a skirt can also inhibit a girlБs ability to participate in sports. conducted in one Australian primary school in 2012 found that girls did significantly less exercise over a two-week period when wearing a school dress than they did when wearing shorts. Research by the shows that young women do significantly less physical activity than young men. Reasons given for this include the fear of being, and the tension between wanting to appear feminine and attractive, and the sweaty, muscular image attached to. It can be argued that making girls wear skirts and dresses plays directly into this tension and their fears. In an attempt to support girls exercising more, the Australian government launched a campaign in February 2016 called Б Б. The focus on girls is important, as regular physical activity and exercise are improved school performance, a greater sense of personal responsibility and group co-operation, and reduced drug and alcohol consumption.
While expensive education and awareness campaigns may encourage more girls to engage in sport, a simple change to what they are required to wear to school could have a far greater impact. While state education departments have the power to enforce uniform policies that are equitable, they largely leave it to individual schools. All states require schools to comply with anti-discrimination legislation. In Queensland, for example, the Department of EducationБs require that Бstudent dress codes offer gender-neutral uniform options for all studentsБ. However, these policy documents are often wordy and wishy-washy. This leaves schools with a lack of clarity about exactly what is required. Principals and parents may be confused by the language used in policy documents, and can conclude that allowing flexibility for students who request Бspecial circumstancesБ is enough. When this occurs, it is highly likely that most school children will continue to wear the same uniform as the majority of their same-sex peers, as fitting in is and adolescents. This means girls will likely continue to wear skirts and dresses. While principals may be open to allowing Бspecial circumstancesБ, it could be argued that the right of girls to wear shorts to school needs to be a given, and not a privilege that needs to be argued for in each individual case.
Will legal challenges be the way forward? identified school uniform policies as an area where schools could find themselves vulnerable to legal action. Requiring female students to wear dresses instead of pants may amount to direct discrimination. Despite this, many schools continue to require girls to wear skirts and dresses. To date, there has been no reported case of a school having to remove its requirements for girls to wear skirts and dresses as their only option in order to align with Education Department policy. But the desire for change is growing among parents. A Melbourne mother recently created a petition on after her daughter was refused the right to wear trousers to her Catholic school, despite the fact that boys had this option. The petition called for the Victorian Department of Education to legislate that all schools must offer non-discriminatory gender uniform choices. With 17,951 signatures supporting the petition, the issue is proving to be one that a number of parents think is important. Will a school need to face legal action before all schools move to have uniform policies that allow girls to be as comfortable and free to move as the boys sitting beside them?
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