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For years, communication specialists and psychologists have tried to identify different ways of communication

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For years, communication specialists and psychologists have tried to identify different ways of communication. The choices of clothing and body language have emerged as key factors in identifying one’s character. However, these factors have been interpreted wrongly and are often misconstrued. The issue of dress code has received a lot of attention both in workplaces and in learning institutions. Dress code is used for different reasons; while some dress codes are used as a way of advancing a Company’s brand, others are use as a way of regulating behaviors. In most cases, learning institutions use dress codes as a way of regulating behaviors among the participants.
This paper presents a comparative analysis of two texts; “The Sexism of School Dress Codes by Zhou” and “Success outside the Dress Code by Wang”. The two texts raise very important reaction with regard to the use of dress codes. The work of the two authors behind the texts; Zhou and Wang; has been very instrumental in identifying the exact message brought forward by dress codes as used in different organizations; whether in learning institutions or in work places. The paper views dress codes as being more of misleading and propagating unfairness and biasness rather than creating a common ground of judging individuals.
Once of the major differences between the two texts emanates from the force behind the wearing of the dress codes. While Zhou sees this force as emanating from some form of authority, Wang fees that the force emanates from ones desire to conform to a given group(Zhou, 2015: Wang, 2014). Additionally, there stands a difference with regard to the benefits of conforming to the dress codes. While Zhou feels that the dress codes are used to enhance comfort and safety in learning institutions, Wang believes that the dress codes are designed to benefit from the status quo.
According to Zhou (2015), dress codes have a subject of contention, at least for a long period of time. However, the rise of social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook has caused major debates learning to protests against dress codes.
The protests have also been advanced by the rise of students’ activism. According to this article, conflicts have risen with regard to change of school policies which advocate for specific dress codes.
The dress codes have been criticized on the grounds that most of them target the girl child while tending to leave out the boy child. This has created a situation of unfairness in these policies.
The dress codes have also been criticized on the grounds that they are so rigid and in most cases, dictate how learners express their identities (Zhou, 2015). The issues has even become more complicated when it comes to the issue of trans-gender students, which have in some cases been sent home for wearing attires which seem different from the attires for their legal sexual orientation.
In some cases, the policies surrounding the issue of dress codes are not formulated on fair grounds. There lacks a universal body mandated with the responsibility of formulating policies touching on dress codes. School authorities are sometimes left solely to formulate and later enforce dress code policies. The policies turn out to be unfair and discriminatory hence advancing the problem of sexism (Zhou, 2015). Biasness has also been a major issue noted in the formulation and enforcement of these dress code policies. However, the use of dress codes still remain inconclusive with regard to the exact correlation between the dress codes and academic outcomes of the ;learners. Most educators are of the opinion that dress codes play an important role in ensuring that students learn in a safe and comfortable environment.
Wang brings out the issue of visible physical markers. According to the perception, dress codes serve an important role in ensuring that people conform to certain groups (Wang, 2014). If one chooses to conform to a given dress code, then it becomes easier to remain a member of the group. However, failure to wear these dress codes may force one to leave the groups. Deviating from the groups may have some serious consequences. According to Wang, pedestrians and shop assistants are more likely to view well dressed individuals differently (Wang, 2014). In this light, Wang is of the opinion a given dress code may mean different things to different people. There is therefore no common ground of judging the exact meaning of any given attire.
The two authors agree on the fact that the issue of dress codes has received mixed reactions from different people. Perceptions of physical appearance have allowed workplace and learning- institution participants to share their views and stories. For instance, aesthetics, which is the physical appearance of a person based on genetic or cosmetic development, has really impacted the culture in schools and work places. The issue of dress codes receiving mixed reactions from different people has been profound especially in learning institutions where some policies dictate that learners should put on a certain kind of dress codes. While some people view these dress codes as a good thing, some other people view the dress codes as a way of humiliating students hence denying them their rights to choose what to wear.
To conclude, the paper has analyzed two different texts by two authors regarding the issue of dress codes. In doing so, the paper has identified the major differences, as well as similarities between these authors. Once of the major differences between the two texts emanates from the force behind the wearing of the dress codes. The two authors agree that there has been mixed reactions regarding the issue of dress codes. In a nutshell, the paper views dress codes as being more of misleading and propagating unfairness and biasness rather than creating a common ground of judging individuals.

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