July 7th, 2006

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[User Picture]From: marmal8 Date: July 7th, 2006 - 09:18 pm (Link)
If I had said I was totally against the dress code, you could say that was unoriginal too. After all, you said it "first," [1] so agreeing with you would be just as unoriginal as agreeing with the dress code. So it's good you didn't make that argument.

As for uniforms...I don't think how a person dresses is the ultimate or only possible expression of their individuality. I think a person's ability to be an individual can not be squashed by putting that person in a uniform. One could argue that taking away the easiest expression of individuality - clothing choice - requires a person to find more creative ways to express who they are - poetry, dance, music, sports, class clowning, blowing up stuff behind the Quickie-Mart, sexual promiscuity, whatever you like.

But let's get to the real issue. (Why) Do you value individuality over fitting into a group?

[1] Where "first" equals first in this post, not first ever.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: July 8th, 2006 - 07:50 am (Link)
I thought I answered this already, but I don't see it.

One may look at the stereotypical promiscuity of catholic school girls, one might assume you're right, but i tend to attribute it much more to kids in general just wanting to rebel against authority of any type. I think a far better way of promoting individuality than forcing visual conformity is to simply promote those individual pursuits.

I wouldn't say I devalue group dynamics. Quite the contrary. I value individuality because diversity improves the group dynamic by bringing alternate ideas and concepts into it.

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