The transition to high school announced itself in the form of the middle school prom. Somewhere in that elusive moment between childhood and adulthood, my daughter floats in her too-short dress. Or, rather, in her Spandex underpants.
When I was interviewing for my current pastoral job, one of the questions asked of me, in one of the many different conversations I had with various committees, was, "What does the Virgin Birth mean to you?"
We can teach our children there's a time and place for cocktail or beach attire without shaming girls for their bodies. And we need to teach and show boys that a girl's attire or presence at a party doesn't mean she's fair game.
Girls and LGTBQ youth are disproportionately affected by school dress codes. Challenging schools to align unexamined, traditional dress codes to contemporary values is a tangible place to start if you're interested in teaching kids to live in a diverse, tolerant society.