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Is hairstyle choice just for grown-ups ?
发布时间:2017-05-09 16:41:00   |  来源:大公網

  

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  Japanese students that are born with curly hair or hair in a color other than black are required to show proof that they were born that way, a Japanese newspaper reported recently.

  Close to 60 percent of the 170 public high schools surveyed in Tokyo require students to show some kind of proof that they are wearing their natural hair. Some schools also require students to provide childhood or middle school photos as proof, according to the newspaper.

  Parents also have to fill out and sign a form stating that their child was born with curly or say chestnut-brown hair. It is reported that on average about a dozen students per school file such statements every year.

  Some school administrators say some students insist that it is their natural hair even though it’s dyed, and that’s why they now ask their guardians to take responsibility for it.

  It also helps them avoid enforcing school rules on hair by mistake.

  Most public high schools in Japan have rules on hair, as is the case in many Asian countries. But not many ask for proof of this kind. The rules on hair and clothes vary from school to school. Some schools in China reportedly require that boys keep their hair within a certain length, while girls are either asked to keep their hair short or wear their long hair in a ponytail.

  But the whole hair ban thing is ridiculous. Case in point, while ponytails are required in some schools, they are banned in others for being too "provocative."

  Why should it matter what hairstyle students wear? If you were to ask a school administrator, it’s to protect the adolescents from getting distracted by appearances and help them focus on studying. Some schools ban short skirts, makeup and jewelry for the same reason.

  It’s a contentious and emotionally charged issue, especially for teenage girls, and the reason is almost always sexual. Anything you do to your hair might be interpreted as an attempt to get attention from boys. Wearing long hair down? Enticing. Ponytails? Provocative. Short? Now you are just showing too much of the back of your neck.

  And of course, let’s not forget that as a grown woman, you are likely to be judged on whether you pay enough attention to your looks.

  For boys, it’s almost always that they might be "bad." Too short - bad. Too long - bad.

  But what should kids think when they see their teachers change their hairstyle or dye their hair? Has hair become something that’s for grown-ups only?

  Why do educators think of attention to one’s appearance as the enemy? Sure, some kids might get distracted by it, but banning it is not going to help. If anything, it only makes it more irresistible.

  What a hair and clothes ban really does is to discourage being different. Maybe we should give kids some credit and let them do what they want with their hair. I’m sure they won’t turn out worse than the adults of today.

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