“Wear whatever you want”

But sometimes it isn’t that easy. From a young age you are told to be yourself and one of the easiest ways to do that is through your appearance, but then you are forced into school uniform and the strict rules that come with it.

School uniform has always been a touchy subject. From one perspective it makes the school’s image more smarter as everyone is wearing shirts and ties, and that also helps teachers spot them in a crowd. But on the other hand, it makes everyone look the same which seems like the opposite of being yourself. Whether or not school uniform should be worn is not the point I wanted to discuss; I want to focus on the unnecessary strictness of how it is worn.

Back when I was in school it was just trousers, shirts and ties for males and skirts, blouses and ties for females. Back then I didn’t think twice about it, but now I realise how hard it must have been for those who were questioning who they were and how scaring it was to even think about wearing something different. There were always those girls who wore trousers because they either considered themselves “tomboys” or just didn’t like skirts, but the school didn’t care about it too much as long as it was still appropriate for school. That small act of bending the rules didn’t apply to the boys. Because of the fact that makes are taught from a young age that they have to be and look masculine then any change from that path is instantly mocked and bullied until it is gotten rid of. That brutal way of stopping self expression is why most boys, and men in general, stay away from wearing not just dresses and skirts, but anything considered feminine at all.

That’s what really pisses me off; this idea that looking even slightly different from how society thinks you are meant to is something to be ashamed of and bullied out of. I always wondered whether if children were taught that clothing didn’t have a gender then would they feel more open to expressing themselves and accepting how others look.

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