Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney C. Stevens

Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney C. Stevens

I have some conflicting feelings about Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney C Stevens. This book is about friendship, figuring out your feelings, and exploring all the different ways that you can be a girl or not a girl. Billie and her group of friends, they call themselves the Hexagon, get into trouble sometimes, especially at the church where her Dad works. But this is all in the name of fun. Billie has to figure out how to be herself and if she can still do that and still be the daughter her dad wants. The conflicting feelings I had about this book is about exploring the different ways to be a girl. This brings up with the Corn Dolly (an award given to women in this small town). Billie doesn’t want it because she doesn’t want her femininity to be judged. What I didn’t like is that she kept referring to the fact that she had a vagina as why she was a girl. She does not want her femininity to be defined, and then defines it by her genitals. This just bugged me. It is very cis-centered, equating gender to sex organs. I did enjoy reading about the friendship and self-discovery but I would only recommend reading it if someone can look past the cis-centeredness and is willing to have a discussion about it.

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