In the modern day, it has almost become a crime if you do not follow the “normal” social situation and everything included. The decisions on what food we eat and even what clothes we wear are greatly influenced by standards set in place by larger companies. Human beings have the urge to fit in and be accepted by the majority. People are so afraid of being judged and so concerned with fitting in that they would do anything to make themselves look good. It is impossible that the human race be so unique that everyone is completely different. Practically wherever you go, people are controlled by society.
What does it mean to be “normal” What happens to those who fall outside of the normative standards?
Everyone has a natural desire to fit in. Everyone has a natural desire to be accepted by others. These desires are strong enough to cause individuals to give up there uniqueness. We are all told at a young age that everyone is different and that is wonderful. However, societal norms contradict this idea. In order to fit in, you must conform to what society considers normal. When Micheal Ignatieff, Professor of the Practice of Human Rights Policy at Harvard University, made the observation that, “To belong is to understand the tacit codes of the people you live with”, Ignatieff was simply putting into words the natural obligation everyone feels when it comes to fitting in and following the rules society places on people without discussion. This
In all countries, religions, and cultures people are expected to live a certain way. For instance in puritan times people were expected to wear plain concealing clothing, and were supposed to live their lives by the bible.For example in the book “ The Scarlet Letter” Hester Prynne was shunned from society for committing adultery. In many ways people let society control who they are.
They think that there are other ways to express yourself, or that school uniforms end bullying or discrimination. “Undoubtedly, school uniforms are expensive, but worth it,” they say. However, there is very little to change other than clothes, and given that they are so vital to people nowadays, it is very hard to tell someone they can’t wear their style of dress to somewhere a public as school. People will almost always have a socioeconomic hierarchy, and someone will always discriminate another until we are fully equal, and instead of using money for uniforms, we should attempt to work towards that. School uniforms are another financial burden for families, do not help gang violence, bullying, or discrimination, and are expressionless. School uniforms are not good for schools, and should be
Students are unable to show personality and personal style because of said uniforms. Although they are better known for being in private school, uniforms have made their way into public schools. In the passage, Public School Uniforms: The Pros and Cons for Your Child by Grace Chen, it states "ACLU 's argument for the First Amendment, argue that uniforms stifle a student 's need for self expression. Students need to be encouraged to embrace their individualism, and uniforms deny that self-expression... Without the outlet of expression in their clothes, students may turn to inappropriate hair styles, jewelry, or make-up." Uniforms go against our basic freedoms. Furthermore, when teenagers can 't wear the clothes they want, they can rebel in other ways. Whether that is through language, actions, jewelry, etc.
In the article, Arguments Against School Uniforms, it says “ policies(dress codes) place limitations on freedom of expression…” This quote explains why most kids think dress codes are living nightmares. When all students look the same, it doesn’t let them express who they really are. Whenever kids wear what they want, they can express their personality through what they wear. On the contrary, the only problem about not having dress codes is that some kids bully each other for what they wear, which is totally unacceptable. Despite one disadvantage of not wearing uniforms, the advantages of not having dress codes greatly outweigh the bad sides.
All schools have a set of rules which they expect each student to obey blindly and with no objection. Yet many of these rules bring many controversial arguments along with them. One of the most commons one being the dress code. Every high school has a dress code to ensure the safety of their students, “ dress in appropriate attire which does not distract or offend others,” specifically the female population (Source F). Dress code is a controversial topic in every high school. Why? Style is a way for a person to show his or her personality with no need for actions. It allows a person to express their thoughts, emotions, and voice without really ever saying anything. Dress code, however, makes that choice limited, aiming mainly towards the girls. Girls are told to wear clothes that reveal nothing which closes their voice. They are not allowed to express their individuality and beauty in their own special way. Schools with strict dress code have established the fact that girls are just sex objects. This not true in any way. Everyone should have the right to dress in a way they feel comfortable and not conform to a school’s or society’s
What is normal? Who decides what is socially acceptable? Society is full of conformists who seek acceptance from their peers. Conformists are people who abide to society’s norms their ideas are all uniformed . In a society filled with uniformed conformist an individual must try to make a change . We see this in our daily life as we stop by McDonald's for a quick burger. We see this in the case of Kitty Genovese case when she was murdered and while watching her die her neighbors did not help. ` We also see this in our Declaration of Independance as we freed ourselves from the higher powers of the British government.. As a person in society we should try to be different and do what we would like to do not what others would approve us of doing.
Who is given the right to declared something is “normal”? Society? Your parents? Friends? Isn’t normality a behavior where it’s comfortable and seemingly correct to oneself? If that were the case, then normal behavior varies from person to person. With that being said, is it still fair to proclaim someone is normal or abnormal?
What is normal? What someone interprets as norm depends on a person’s background and social expectations. These social expectations, or social norms, vary from group to group, state to state, and country to country. They act as the building blocks of culture. Social norms manifest themselves through time, vary from informal to highly consequential, and occur similarly and contrastingly in American and German cultures.
Envision waking up every morning to put on the same outfit and walk out the door, stress free. People would not have to worry about what fits, or what is fashionable at the time. Schools would not have to worry about inappropriate clothing but at the same time, that clothing may be a way for a student to express himself. Many schools view uniforms as a solution to several problems, but many schools view uniforms as a lack of self expression. School uniforms should continue, even though children may not get to express themselves, because they prohibit violence, provide cheaper lifestyles, and promote better education.
You might be thinking about the schools that rich kids go to in movies and TV shows or you might be thinking about Catholic schools with small children all wearing the same colored school uniforms. This is probably what most people imagine. We associate uniforms with students of foreign countries and private schools. Thoughts of students dressing in school uniforms have led to stereotyping and a gloomy outlook on schools pushing for a uniform policy. We live in a society that says you must express yourself and be an individual at all cost, but some fear that uniforms display us as robots who lack the ability to express ourselves, however, this is far from the truth. School uniforms give students a sense of unity because they feel like they can fit in without fear of being too different. Making a dress uniform mandatory will decrease sexual harassment, create more interesting humans and make schools safer.
Many students that know uniforms will be beneficially, but don’t agree with school uniforms will continue to disagree with implementing them. It can be easily agreed that school uniforms may take away their self-expression in school, but what matters more in school is the way of learning. It can also be agreed that many students do not accept the self-expression of their classmates and make fun of them. Students, parents, and school administration should be able to recognize the benefits that school uniforms come with.
As a part of the animals, human beings also perform conformity behaviour. From time to time, some decisions and behaviours confirmed by most people in a society has become a social norm, rule, or even ethics and moral standard. However, what people think it is “normal” may not be absolutely normal. It could be the result of over-generalisation, wrong conformity or wrong perception.