The wearing of jewelry
Doug Adams (adamsdo@RADIKS.NET)
Thu, 25 Sep 1997 14:19:30 -0500
OK, at the risk of getting severely flamed, I'll throw in my 2 cents;
First off, let me say three words "Image Is Everything"! We interact
with other people on a constant basis, and people are judged on their
outward appearance. It's human nature to be narrow minded. No one goes
to a job interview with blue hair and painted nails and expects to leave
a positive impression on anyone. In the first 10 seconds within meeting
a complete stranger, we've more or less formed a positive or negative
opinion about that person. The majority of responses I've seen on this
list would have one believe that it's perfectly OK to have earrings,
etc. But, the wearing of costume jewelry by men and boys is not as
widely accepted a practice as they'd have you believe. In our little
community of 35,000 plus, a boy wears an earring at his own peril, with
a majority of the comments directed at his sexuality. This is NOT a way
to be accepted into a peer group!
While we're on the subject of peer groups, Boy Scouting, as sad as it is
for me to say, is NOT an accepted peer-group among youth from 13 years
of age and over (nod your head if you can relate to this statement).
Most would rather pretend that they don't know you than admit they're
active in Scouting (as much as they might enjoy it otherwise).
OK, where is this going? If, in order to be accepted by one's peers, if
it becomes necessary to wear an earring, painted nails, etc., then so be
it, outside of scouts. Kids want more than anything to be accepted by
their peer group.
I am not so close-minded that I shut my eyes to the issue and pretend it
doesn't go on; times and attitudes change. However, IMHO, if they're
participating in a scout activity, they're representing the Boy Scouts
of America (and no one else), whether they want to believe it or not.
We send a message when we're in the public eye, and that image should
reflect positively. Let's remember that uniform means "uniform"!
Ok, getting off my soapbox....
Cubmaster, Pack 27
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City