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Re: Re: appearances...

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Sidnie Miller (sidmill.us)
Sat, 14 Feb 1998 12:33:42 -0800 (PST)


Dear Aimee--if you got the job wearing your tongue ring and boots--then
you're fine. If you work in an area that finds these adornments usual,
then you are ok. Otherwise--if you find that you're making waves, you
have to decide what is really important to you-- your job or your
personal statement of identity. In college piercings
and tatoos and bizarre clothing are common and expected--in fact the
uniform. When you go into other areas of life, they, too have a uniform.
One of my ex-students approached me this summer to ask what I thought of
her problem (I'm sure because she felt that I would vindicate her). She
was a box girl at the supermarket and her original tatoo which was
moderately tasteful--a barbed-wire anklet--had now grown to become a
bouquet of roses which extended from ankle to mid-thigh. The boss told
her to cover it up because it could offend customers. She asked me if
I thought it was fair and said that it was her " right". I told her that
she was no longer in high school where the concept of "fair" had anything
to do with it. She needed to grow up and realize that the boss wasn't
opening up a dialogue--his approach was cut and dried--cover it up or
lose your job. In school you're encouraged to think independently and
to protest things that violate your right etc. and that is a good thing
but in the work place, the consequences are much higher than just
irritating admin --you literally have to put your money where your
mouth is.

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