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Op-Ed: School Dress Codes Are Tougher on Girls than Boys

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In her latest piece for WGBH News, BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella shares her thoughts on the unfair messages that many school dress codes send—and how they can be remedied.

Excerpt: "More typically, however, dress codes take aim at clothing worn by girls. These dress codes are rooted in the hard-to-die concept of boys and men being unable to control themselves around women and girls. Not only is this incredibly insulting to boys and men, but it also perpetuates a blame-the-victim mentality. There is a straight line from 'your short shorts are a distraction at school' to 'your short skirt caused your rape.'"

Read "School Dress Codes Are Tougher on Girls than Boys" on the WGBH News website. 

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Jessica L. Atcheson
As BARCC’s first staffer solely dedicated to communications, Jessica L. Atcheson leads strategies to advance BARCC’s mission and raise its organizational profile. She develops, implements, and evaluates strategic communications initiatives in a variety of online and offline channels. Prior to joining BARCC, Jessica served as the writer and editor at the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, an international human rights nonprofit. She began her career in nonprofit communications at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, where she worked as associate editor. She has also earned a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in communication studies from Hamilton College, studied at Oxford University, and served as a survivor advocate through the AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program. She volunteers at the Network/La Red, which works to end partner abuse and support LGBQ/T survivors.

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