Being fashionable and stylish (in vogue) is something that all young adults think about in trying figure out who they are...often times they imitate someone else (people they think are cool or they think they might want to be like) in trying to figure out who they are.
Dressing like a Preppie, Goth, Skaterboy / Girl, Gangsta / Thug, Jock, Valley Girl...just to name a few are all labels associated with being someone else. The entertainment industry and the availability of non-age appropriate TV, music videos, and Internet content have exposed kids in 2013 to things adults couldn't see even in R rated movie in the 1980s. Many feel the glamorization of sports figures and entertainers and the over-sexualization of videos, TV, and movies have exposed younger children and teenagers to adult related topics well before they should have been.
There is nothing wrong with having style, but it should be appropriate for public and professional settings if you are going outside, especially school. Wearing slippers, shower shoes, having undergarments visible, having symbols or sayings that are about drugs, criminal activity, sexually oriented is inappropriate for being out in public.
The question to ask yourself in regards to what is appropriate for a young man and a young woman, why do some kids dress inappropriately? Remember as future adult parents, you will have sons and daughters who will push the limits of style, fashion, and appropriateness.
Discussion Question: Form into three groups and discuss:
- Does the way a teenager dresses affect how they behave?
- Do they take on the persona of the character they are emulating in dressing style?
- On uniform day or when in uniform do you act differently then when you are not? Is there a different expectation?
Homework: Before Friday, make a blog entry on what advice you would give a female cadet and a male cadet who are is dressed inappropriately which is in violation of school policy and NJROTC program objectives.