Blog Post 4: Yoga pants lead to dress code?

Cepeda, Esther. “Cepeda: There is a good reason for school dress codes.” The Salt Lake The Washington Post, 09 Oct 2014. Web. 11 Aug 2015.

Esther Cepeda, a former high school teacher, published an article to The Washington Post regarding a good reason in her opinion why school uniforms and dress codes are extremely important. The author claims that dress code ends the “disrupted educational atmosphere and constituted threat to the health, safety and decency of all students” that wear inappropriate clothing (and she stresses yoga pants multiple times in the article). “Enforcing the dress code was a nightmare.” Cepeda continuously states how she hated having to put up with students that “put up a major fuss when you sent them to the dean’s office to cover up.” Although she did not enjoy enforcing the dress code, in her eyes, a strict dress code was a strong necessity in all schools because how else were gentlemen supposed to learn when there is a girl strutting her stuff wearing tight yoga pants around school (Cepeda)?

Cepeda mostly talks about how young female student’s bodies, that she experienced at the school she taught at, are the distraction to men and faculty that led to the need of enforcing a dress code. “Teachers have to play avert-the-eyes in order not to inappropriately eye students.” She speaks as an experienced teacher that found enforcing the dress code worth the hassle if it meant less of a distraction to people.

I think Cepeda’s argument that a dress code stops the disruption and distraction of the learning environment is an overgeneralization fallacy because, based on what she points out about female distraction, school dress codes don’t get rid of the distraction but only cover it up. When Cepeda says inappropriate clothing disrupted peoples focus, it is evident that she believes a dress code or school uniform will solve the problem of the human body and public profanity as being seen as a distraction. I found it kind of ironic that she only mentioned how females caused a distraction to other students. Being a female herself, Cepeda should understand that dressing a certain way is not always meant to be set as a distraction. For example, woman nowadays dress nice because they are confident about themselves. As for yoga pants, what Cepeda said about women wearing “bun-baring yoga pants to school” as provocative clothing, was ridiculous on its own. Most people wear yoga pants either because they are comfortable or that is the first thing they find in the morning to wear, not because students are out to seek attention. lululemon-pants

Again, schools are set to prepare students for the real world and college. In the real world, there aren’t any dress codes or mandatory uniforms unless your job requires it. Cepeda’s article was humorous because of the way she put down woman. She makes it seem as though men do not violate any dress code by focusing so much on woman and her choice of words sham woman’s bodies such as “bun-baring” “strutting their stuff” and “provocative.” Even if a strict dress code or school uniform was enforced to every school, that would not get rid of men or women checking each other out in a sense (sad but true).


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6 Responses to Blog Post 4: Yoga pants lead to dress code?

  1. Kimberly

    I disagree with Cepeda’s view she states she is an experienced teacher that found enforcing the dress code worth the hassle if it meant less of a distraction to people. By spending time enforcing dress code, she is taking time away from actual learning which is the whole point of school. I liked the point you made about the real world, it’s true that once high school ends there are no dress codes. I don’t think the issue is what girls wear, I think it’s the issue of how others react to it, in this case guys should be respectful of girls, be able to control themselves, and not getting distracted.

  2. Briza

    The fact that this woman, as a teacher, is more focused on what girls wear instead of more relevant educational topics such as standardized testing truly made her seem like a completely unreliable source when it comes to discussing dress code. You are right when you disagree with Cepeda because she is focusing on one negative part of a broader issue that should not be blamed on one gender alone.

  3. Kyline Stephens

    I have always found certain aspects of dress code to be ridiculous. Yes, students should dress appropriately, but I do not think teachers should focus on what their students are wearing when there are more important things to be worrying about. The fact that girls are taught not to wear certain things so that boys don’t react a certain way is a very sexist way to approach the topic.

  4. Shayla Myers

    I’m digging the picture of the yoga pants! I didn’t know there were so many different cuts. Anyway, I too believe that dress codes don’t prepare us for the real world. Even though in some place we might have to dress business casual, it still doesn’t limit us to certain things we can’t wear. Also I wish I had more yoga pants because I feel like this whole time in college ill be wearing yoga pants. High School should get us ready for the next step and that is college. College equals yoga pants.

  5. Telana

    At my high school yoga pants were not allowed and the administration was pretty strict about them. I disliked that females weren’t allowed to wear them because they were a “distraction”. I completely agree that Cepeda’s argument was an overgeneralization. I feel as though dress codes are very sexist. Why should females not be allowed to wear something because it distracts males?There are appropriate ways to wear yoga pants. Women wear yoga pants to be comfortable.

  6. Kevin

    Cepeda’s argument went a little over board but in some cases I can see where she is coming from. With yoga pants it could go both ways I believe they should be apart of the dress code and at some points I think maybe they don’t need to be included. Maybe she’s just trying to get girls from being harassed by guys that will try to hit on them for wearing yoga pants.

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