Expériences et perceptions des filles à l'égard des codes vestimentaires des écoles secondaires publiques québécoises

Authors: Moisan-Paquet, Rose
Advisor: Mercier, Élisabeth
Abstract: This thesis focuses on the dress codes that are currently in place in Quebec public high schools, which it considers as a direct consequence of the youth hypersexualization discourses by which "sexy" female fashion is understood to be a visible manifestation of teenage girls' "dangerous sexuality". While girls have been denouncing for several years the sexism of school dress codes that they consider to be rooted in rape, very little research has looked into the content of these codes as well as the specific effects the clothing injunctions have on girls in the Quebec context. The objectives of this thesis are therefore to document the knowledge that is (re)produced by the dress codes of Quebec public high schools and to explore the experiences and perceptions of girls with regard to said codes. In order to achieve these objectives, a dual methodology is used combining, on the one hand, content analysis of seven existing dress codes, and on the other hand, thematic analysis of eight semi-structured interviews conducted with girls aged 17 to 19 years old who have attended public high schools in the province. The results show that dress codes tend to (re)produce the dominant norms and their discriminatory effects regarding gender and sexuality, as wells as social class, "race", and body types. Girls' experiences also shed light on their own agency as well as their refusal to accept these discriminations passively. Finally, the analysis highlights the links between school dress codes and rape culture, especially with regard to the sexual humiliation of girls.
Document Type: Mémoire de maîtrise
Issue Date: 2022
Open Access Date: 7 February 2022
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/72264
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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