This essay joins the conversation about sexualization, sex discrimination, and public school dress codes to situate current debates within in the broader cultural and legal landscapes in which they exist. My aim is not to answer definitively the questions I pose above. Rather, I ground the controversy in these broader contexts in order to better understand the stakes and to glean insights into how schools, students, and communities might better navigate dress code debates.
Meredith Johnson Harbach, Sexualization, Sex Discrimination, and Public School Dress Codes, 50 U. Rich. L. Rev. 1039 (2016).