Re: Jewelry in Uniform
Blaine A. Jackson (blainej@JUNO.COM)
Fri, 26 Sep 1997 14:08:07 -0500
On Thu, 25 Sep 1997 13:11:33 -0400 John Tudor <tudorj@WP.CC.NC.US>
>One final comment from me about jewelry on scouts..
>I have been trashed about my comments by people who have asked if we
>are going to ban earrings on female leaders, or watches, wedding bands
>Earrings on females, as well as watches, and wedding bands are an
>accepted part of our culture. Earrings on males are not.
Maybe, maybe not. "Acceptable" is an elusive and varying standard. 40
years ago, wearing my hair in a "buzz cut" was not only care free, but
quite acceptable, and still seems to be so today. If, however, I call
the same haircut "skinhead" it is not acceptable in most circles.
Certainly, wearing native american items such as chokers, etc. is not
accepted as normal adult male attire, but I suspect that most scouters
have been scene wearing some form of it. It would be difficult to
explain to the scouts in my troop why earrings are banned when another
local SM often wears one larger than any of my wife's. (And since he is
also larger than my wife, I am not going to tell him to stop.)
What do you do if a scout continues to wear an earring to troop meetings.
Do you suspend him from the troop? Are you prepared to defend a law
suit alleging that you prevented a scout from reaching Eagle rank because
you excluded him from scout functions for wearing an earring? (BTW, you
I cannot find any way that wearing an earring is prohibited by the Scout
Law. My own son comes directly to troop meetings from football practice,
drenched in sweat; THAT is offensive, but I would rather have him come.
Our job is to attract boys to scouting, not make up rules about
insignificant matters in order to keep them away.
They give the impression (rightly or wrongly) that the person wearing it
has an attitude which I feel is not consistent with the attitude which
scouting should project. That person may not have that attitude at all,
but the impression is given anyway. We need to be aware of the
impression we give.
>True, the false impression is in the mind of the observer, but we still
need to be aware of it.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City