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Modesty » Uneven enforcement of dress code by school officials drives debate about gender bias.

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Nielsen’s own picture was modified even though her top did not violate dress code. A black dickey was painted onto her sleeved, V-neck top, presumably in connection to the dress code’s ban on "cleavage" — but no cleavage appears in the original picture, she said.

"I wore it to school numerous times," Nielsen said. "That shirt is totally modest."

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While many of the students with edited photos expressed frustration about being singled out for perceived immodesty, Nielsen said she is most unhappy that she was misrepresented at all.

"I’m upset they changed my appearance," Nielsen said. "They shouldn’t be able to alter our personal images without our consent."

Montoya said she feels the inconsistency of the yearbook photo alterations reflects a culture of judgment at the school. Among girls wearing similar clothing, some were edited and some were not.

"We’re not good enough to be seen in the yearbook," she said. "They have to edit us to their perfect cookie-cutter mold."



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