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Dress code police trapped in Dark Ages

Published:Friday | December 22, 2017 | 12:04 AM


I was very pleased (and saddened) to read Carolyn Cooper's article 'Up in arms over Lisa Hanna's dress' (Sunday Gleaner, December 3, 2017). I wanted to write to you years ago when a doctor friend told me of seriously ill persons being turned away at hospitals for wearing rubber slippers, etc. But duppy know who fi frighten, because if there is a dress code to do business in government offices, what about the airport? Why is it not enforced there?

At the hospital, the public does not go into sterile areas like the operating room. That's the only place I can see a dress code being applicable.

What bothers me is that these classist, superficial, discriminatory and baseless rules were once meted to us as a country, and now our own people in 'authority' are instituting these same injustices on us.


Oppression by our own people


The worst part is that the public is at the mercy of people with Third-World capacity, a slavery mentality, countless insecurities, low self-esteem and biases, who are now empowered to judge and deny people access to critical services. (Remember that a lady was killed after being turned away from a police station some time ago?) Many people believe they need to look a certain way in order to be accepted. They see differences between a strappy, leather high-heeled shoes and flip-flop rubber slippers, between leather tights and spandex tights.

Now these people are creating guidelines and policies based on trends, personal preferences and on what they find disgusting or inappropriate. That is an opinion, a personal choice, and everyone deserves the right to have that choice.