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OPINION
September 8, 2013
Re "Dressing down school dress codes," Opinion, Sept. 5 Law professor Ruthann Robson opines that a dress code focusing on "the number of inches between the hem of a skirt and top of a knee" tends to "divert attention from substantive learning. " Having raised five sons through adolescence, I submit an immutable correlation: The higher the hemlines of female high school students' skirts, the less attention nearby males pay to their studies. On-the-ground school administrators seem better positioned than ivory-tower judges to make sensible decisions about students' attire.
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NEWS
April 3, 2014 | By Charlotte Allen, guest blogger
Last week I blogged about a middle school dress code in Illinois that bars girls from wearing shorts, leggings and yoga pants to school. All too predictably, the dress code has drawn the wrath of feminists, whose credo is that females of all ages should be allowed to wear whatever they like whenever and wherever they like, and if you've got a problem with that, you're promoting "rape culture. " Now, a federal judge in Nebraska has blogged a version of a dress code for young female lawyers, pointing out that it's not really a good idea for them to sport revealing necklines and hemlines while they're arguing cases in courtrooms.
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OPINION
March 20, 1988
It is interesting that Disneyland management says that it bans mustaches, beards and long hair for male employees ("A Change of Codes at Disney Hotel," Part I, March 8) because visitors expect the staff to be "wholesome and well-scrubbed." Walt Disney himself sported a mustache! Might we infer then that Disneyland management does not consider Walt Disney to have been a "wholesome and well-scrubbed" person? STEVE MITTMAN San Pedro
NEWS
March 29, 2014 | By Carla Hall
So much ado about leggings. Blogger Charlotte Allen recently took to task the overly sensitive parents of middle schoolers who were outraged that the administration of Haven Middle School in Evanston, Ill., seemed to be banning short-shorts, leggings, yoga pants and skinny jeans on girls because they were too distracting to middle school boys. The parents contended that such an edict essentially said it was the girls' responsibility not to entice hormone-addled middle school boys.
NEWS
July 31, 2013 | By Patt Morrison
Colleagues at our downtown neighbor, the legal newspaper the Daily Journal, were just put on notice to spiff if up. A memo more detailed than a “Project Runway” challenge laid out an employee dress code in dos and don'ts -- mostly don'ts, by far, and most of them directed at women's styles. I can't imagine that any journalist at the Daily Journal ever pranced into the office in a bare midriff, so the reasons for such specifics elude me. The memo was as detailed as a FIDM class on the differences between capris, which are not acceptable, and crop or ankle pants, which are. Spaghetti-strap tops can be worn only with a sweater or jacket.
SPORTS
March 6, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
On Thursday, the NBA sent out a memo to the Lakers, urging players to adhere to the league's dress code, especially when they arrive at arenas on game days. The mandatory dress code, implemented in 2005, requires players to wear at least a jacket while shunning jeans, hats, T-shirts and the like. One player who stuck with the dress code Thursday night before the Lakers hosted the Clippers was Nick Young, in typically stylish manner. Young, who goes by the nickname "Swaggy P," wore a bright blue suit to Staples Center with sparkling white shoes and no socks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 1990
It appears to me that Los Angeles is dressing its cabbies for parochial school instead of work. No plaid trousers, c'mon! VIC BURNETT San Diego
NATIONAL
March 25, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A Colorado third-grader whose freshly shaved head violated her school's dress code will be granted a waiver from the policy because of extraordinary circumstances -- the fact that she cut off her hair to empathize with a cancer-stricken friend. After a closed-door discussion, the board of directors for Caprock Academy in Grand Junction said they voted 3-1 Tuesday night to exempt Kamryn Renfro from the no-shaved-heads rule. "Compassion and selfless acts of courage are to be commended and encouraged -- in children and in adults," the board said in a statement after announcing the decision.
NEWS
March 27, 2014 | By Charlotte Allen, guest blogger
A middle school in Evanston, Ill., has issued a new dress code barring girls from wearing shorts, leggings and yoga pants to school, on the grounds that the leg-displaying garments are “distracting” to boys. Well, yeah. Google “ leggings images ” or, especially, “yoga pants images ,” and you'll see exactly what I mean. Especially if you have ever been - or been around - a boy between the ages of 11 and 14, the usual age range for middle school. But judging from the reaction of the feminist media - and here's what's really surprising, some parents of the kids in question - you'd think that the school, Haven Middle School, had decided to require head-to-toe burkas.
NATIONAL
March 25, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A Colorado third-grader whose freshly shaved head violated her school's dress code will be granted a waiver from the policy because of extraordinary circumstances -- the fact that she cut off her hair to empathize with a cancer-stricken friend. After a closed-door discussion, the board of directors for Caprock Academy in Grand Junction said they voted 3-1 Tuesday night to exempt Kamryn Renfro from the no-shaved-heads rule. "Compassion and selfless acts of courage are to be commended and encouraged -- in children and in adults," the board said in a statement after announcing the decision.
NATIONAL
March 25, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A Colorado third-grader who shaved her head to express solidarity with a cancer-stricken friend may be exempted from a charter school's dress code that bans shaved heads. Jamie Renfro said Sunday that Caprock Academy in Grand Junction had asked her daughter, Kamryn, to stay away from campus until her hair grew back because she had violated its dress code. “We do sign that we understand and agree to the rules every year...but honestly, I never thought my 9-year-old daughter would do something so courageous, brave and selfless,” Renfro said in a public post on Facebook . She kept Kamryn at home on Monday and took her out with Delaney Clements, the 11-year-old friend who started chemotherapy last month, for the third time.
SPORTS
March 6, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
On Thursday, the NBA sent out a memo to the Lakers, urging players to adhere to the league's dress code, especially when they arrive at arenas on game days. The mandatory dress code, implemented in 2005, requires players to wear at least a jacket while shunning jeans, hats, T-shirts and the like. One player who stuck with the dress code Thursday night before the Lakers hosted the Clippers was Nick Young, in typically stylish manner. Young, who goes by the nickname "Swaggy P," wore a bright blue suit to Staples Center with sparkling white shoes and no socks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
A high school student who grabbed a National Rifle Assn. T-shirt in her hurry to find something to wear to school was later confronted outside class by campus officials who forced the student to remove her shirt or face possible disciplinary action, the girl's parents said. Haley Bullwinkle heeded the demand, took off the white T-shirt and slipped on a school shirt that officials at Canyon High in Anaheim handed her, but came home confused and frightened, said her father, who got the shirt when he joined the NRA. "I felt like they were violating my rights, my freedom of speech," the sophomore said.
OPINION
September 8, 2013
Re "Dressing down school dress codes," Opinion, Sept. 5 Law professor Ruthann Robson opines that a dress code focusing on "the number of inches between the hem of a skirt and top of a knee" tends to "divert attention from substantive learning. " Having raised five sons through adolescence, I submit an immutable correlation: The higher the hemlines of female high school students' skirts, the less attention nearby males pay to their studies. On-the-ground school administrators seem better positioned than ivory-tower judges to make sensible decisions about students' attire.
OPINION
September 5, 2013 | By Ruthann Robson
Hey kids, what are you going to wear to school today? A miniskirt? How short? "Sagging" pants: Is that kosher? What about a do-rag? Fishnet tights? Or hoodies, tattoos, sweat pants, frayed jeans, an Afro puff or, if you're a boy, long locks? How about a breast-cancer-awareness bracelet featuring the word "boobies"? All of these are real examples of fashion choices that schools across the country have recently attempted to restrict. The wrong choice could get you kicked out of class or suspended; and if you want to fight for your right to a hoodie or a short skirt, you and your parents may have to file suit and head for court.
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