That must've been for something school-sanctioned. I would be astounded if things have loosened up enough to allow for the wearing of fake tails; usually the staff would have sent her home to change (causing a fire-storm, no doubt).Yuki wrote:Just yesterday I saw a girl with a tail and classic goth/emo kid clothes. And a Bennie because the school now allows hats for some reason
Typically school systems are designed as a cultural/societal choke-point to destroy any trace of individuality in children before they become adults in much the same way that Basic Training destroys a future-soldier's sense of self. Break the will, and re-form it in the desired/"correct" shape for the future.
The range of "normal behaviours" are rather rigidly controlled, first by the youngsters themselves, but also with iron fists by the school staff who answer only to the school boards. The staff will allow some variance, but it's the staff's assignment to make sure that the youngsters emerge as obedient little 'droids who cannot question authority when the process is over. The damage so done can sometimes never be undone -- which is likely why it seems that we in the men's skirting movement all tend to be moderately up there in age, mostly of well-above-average intellect, and already reasonably successful.Pdxfashionpioneer wrote:Remember, in high school most kids conform, but to the norms of their own group. So there's quite a range of "normal" behaviors. And just as in adult society you have the artists, who to prove they're creative, are non-conformists, within the limits of their artist circle.
To pick a minor nit with artists being the only ones who are creative, I'll posit that creativity isn't just good, it's a vital must in most fields of endeavour. Sure, we all take for granted that artists (painters, designers, musicians, &.c) must be creative, but so must everyone else, for without creativity -- the ability to take a look at problems and come up with novel solutions we would go nowhere as societies nor as a species. Now, societies can -- and do -- fail; I think we're doing, overall, pretty well as a species, though. The question then becomes, "When the next big societal downfall happens, will it use atomic technology to take the planet with it?" I'm hoping it won't.