Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie once said “The problem with gender is that it prescribes how we should be, rather than recognize how we are.” A lot of people dictate what genders should be allowed to do or wear, and if anything is done differently from the normal it is viewed as being incorrect. This is seen in this case where a young man was suspended from high school for wearing makeup to class, even though his cosmetic choice only included black eyeliner and lipstick. The school is guilty of gender discrimination against the young man because they suspended him for wearing makeup.

Everyone should have the choice to express themselves as long as it does not go against a school policy. In this case the young man expressed himself by using makeup and there was no indication of there being a school policy against using makeup, since female students regularly used it. Schools should not discriminate based on something that someone is wearing because it’s a form of expression.

In the First Amendment it clearly states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech…”(First Amendment).

This clearly demonstrates that people have the right to express themselves. Society has roles for males and females, and a man wearing makeup goes against those roles.  If someone does anything out the the norm for the roles males and females are assigned in this society then they are wrong, at least this is what the school is teaching its students.

Nevertheless, some might argue that it was not gender discrimination since the young man might have been applying makeup during class and this caused a distraction. If this was the case, he should of been warned not to keep applying makeup, instead of being suspended. They might also argue that they boy could have been warned several times and this is why he was suspended, but suspending him without an explanation is not acceptable. Suspending him was not the correct way to get their point across.

Clearly, suspending a young man for wearing makeup is gender discrimination. The young man was not warned before his suspension and there was no evidence of there being a policy against wearing makeup. There should be gender equalities in school, if females are allowed to wear makeup to express themselves males should also be allowed.


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