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Dress Code Fiasco

Every single one of us has had to deal with a dress code at some point in our lives. It may have been at school or at work or even at church. It’s just a part of our daily lives. It’s a part of our culture and our ideals on propriety.  So, if dress codes are instituted to keep our ethics in order, why do some people feel they have the right to break the codes?

Some people, like Imane Boudial, a woman of Muslim background living in California, say it is a part of their belief and religion. Boudial is suing Disney Land for not permitting her to wear her hijab, also known as a head scarf, while working there. Two years ago she signed a contract saying she would abide by their dress codes. Imane has recently been granted citizenship in the United States and now some people have their own opinions as to why she is breaking the dress codes.

Some people think she is breaking the dress codes to get money. Now that she is a citizen of the United States she can legally sue her employers for not following the Constitution. Others have the opinion that maybe she’s doing this to get attention. Imane Boudial, on the other hand, says she is simply doing it because she has now worked up the courage to show who she truly is as a Muslim woman. But does this really give her the right to break the dress code that she agreed to follow?

In my opinion, no it doesn’t give her the right to break the codes. She willingly signed a document saying she would abide by certain rules and now she has broken them. Rules are established to keep things running smoothly. And if one thinks they can break one rule, why not break the rest of them. That would lead to pure chaos in this world.

If we allow people to break dress codes, for any reason, not just religion, it will just lead to other rules being broken. Then, eventually, rules will be almost pointless because we all, as humans, will find a way around them. That’s just out nature. We don’t like to abide by rules, but they are created to make our lives simpler. If we have a form to follow then there is much less confusion. So, if we start to break all the rules, what exactly will the world come to?

Obviously, we all know that eventually it will all come to complete madness, but how? Well, let’s break it down. We’ll start with one person breaking the dress code. If one person breaks the dress code, will that not lead others to believe that they can do the same? Okay, so we just let the dress codes go completely. What next? Maybe someone will get the fanciful idea that it’s alright to tell off their superior. Is that truly okay? Well, according to the theory we’re going on, it was alright to break the dress code. So, sure it’s all okay to sass off to your superior. Well, if this is okay, what happens if the people in government start doing this to their chieftain? Doesn’t that start the creation of bad government? And if we have a horrid government isn’t that the start of complete and utter chaos? So, you see, it didn’t take much to get from breaking the dress code to the end of the world.

Now, yes I know this scenario isn’t likely to occur, but many other alternatives could. They may take a bit longer to progress, but if we let little rules slip by, all the others will soon follow. That’s why it’s called the domino effect. So, where does it all end? Do we let it all go to entropy, or do we stop it all here and now with breaking the dress codes?


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