In The News: No Women’s clothing at Morehouse?

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Morehouse men can expect to riffle through their closets before coming to campus on Monday, due to a new dress code policy. The Vice President of the Office of Student Services, Dr. William Bynum, spoke yesterday in the Atlanta Journal Constitution about the new dress code stating, “We expect our young men to be Renaissance men. When people go about campus we want them to represent the college in an appropriate manner.” The new policy outlines 11 new expectations including:

  • no caps, do-rags and/or hoods in classrooms, the cafeteria, or other indoor venues
  • no sun glasses worn in class or at formal programs
  • no jeans at major programs, as well as no sagging pants on campus
  • no clothing with derogatory or lewd messages either in words or pictures
  • no wearing of clothing usually worn by women (dresses, tops, tunics, purses, pumps, etc.) on the Morehouse campus or at college-sponsored events.

These policies are similar to many HBCU’s that want to uphold the…..wait, the last rule states no wearing of clothing worn by women? Now most people are aware of the “Morehouse men liking men stereotype,” and while it is certainly not true for every student at the school, this dress code policy is making national headlines and causing mixed opinions and press for the university. The policy proves that there is a bit of cross-dressing occuring at Morehouse, which the administration is trying to combat. Some may ask, “What is the big deal, if they are gay or want to wear women’s clothes?” In the African American community, down-low brothers is a large issue, and so is acceptance of an openly gay black male. Say what you will, but residing in Atlanta I have witnessed down-low brothers and openly gay brothers quite often. The issue still remains in the black community with openly black gay men. Morehouse is a highly respected HBCU, with alumni rich in prominent positions, yet they have to combat the issue of “undercover activities” on the campus, and now it is being reveled that the students are delving into women’s fashion. I fully support the dress code from the aspect of eliminating baggy clothes to eliminating women’s clothing, Morehouse men do still have a image to uphold. Let us know what you think about the Morehouse dress code….

Oh boy Morehouse….I Love my HIU.

By: Sarah J

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