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Change the Packer Dress Code

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As a female student at Packer, I am constantly being dress coded for shirts that do not reveal any sexual organ. I have been told that my shoulders are distracting along with my collarbones. I know I am not alone when I say that it is ridiculous to dress code such regular, non-sexual body parts. Not only does dress coding these body parts frustrate female students and make them feel poorly, it enforces rape culture. Having a dress code that sexualizes shoulders and collarbones tells men that it's okay to hypersexualize the female body and that it is a woman's job to modify her clothing in order to not distract men. While I feel that legs and stomachs should also not be dress coded, I think ending the sexualization of shoulders and collarbones is a good place to start. I know many of us girls own halter tops and tank tops that we would love to wear to school but cannot because we will be told to "cover up" or change into something else. I would like to encourage all female AND male students to sign this petition. It is important for male students to take a stand on this issue as well to let Packer know that no, seeing a girl's shoulder is not going to distract you from class. Thank you all for taking the time to be apart of this and I hope we're able to make a change in Packer's dress code-- especially with spring coming soon!

**Please note that the Packer handbook does not directly address shoulders and/or collarbones, but I, along with several other girls, have been dress coded for having these body parts showing. I am hoping that this petition will tell faculty that it is not okay to enforce such a dress code, especially when it isn't even written in the handbook.**

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