Just Say No Applies To Girls Clothing Too
I am often appalled at the lack of judgement exhibited by some parents in regards to what their daughters wear. I know many may find this whole discussion trite and anachronistic but bear with me. What a young lady wears communicates volumes and affects attitude. If you don't believe me then maybe you will believe the experts.
Consider a study conducted by the school district of Long Beach, California that was published in the September edition of Psychology Today in 1999. Five years of mandated uniforms reaped the district the following rewards:
Rate of crime - dropped 91%
School suspensions - dropped 90%
Vandalism - dropped 69%
Sex offenses - dropped 96%
Think about that last one for a minute. Just by adjusting the wardrobe of their students the Long Beach, California school district almost made sexual offenses non-existent.
So if clothing does matter, then why do we allow our young ladies in particular to wear so little? Are we so slow as to not make the connection that by letting our girls dress slutty that they will be treated slutty? I know we adults can be thick at times but this is not rocket science. The guys are not blameless by any stretch but do we want our girls clothing to play on their base instincts? I'm not asking, I'm just asking.
Some of you parents are probably reading this and thinking, "You have no idea the war I would have on my hands if I really cracked down on my daughter's dress habits." It's true I don't know what you have to go through every morning before school. I do know, however, what goes on every day after school and that alone should scare you and I both into having the courage to say no.