Public Nudity Displays Character
There should be an alarm somewhere inside of a person with an indicator of the appropriate clothing to place on one's body in public.
Many of us experience the frustration of the pat down and search occurring each time we board a plane.
In recent days, a male and a female have taken matters into their own hands and have totally disrobed until they are standing completely naked at the airport. In one case, there seems to be a question about the mental state of the person who removed clothes and in the other there was an indication of the disrobing to full nudity was in protest to the required search.
Opinions run the full range of emotions regarding the two acts of public nudity, but the issue at hand is the matter of what would cause someone to take such a drastic action by exposing themselves in public. I suppose each case is different and people do these things for various reasons.
Recently, while standing in line at a public government building for service, it was noticed that some of the people in the line were not appropriately dressed to be in public. Albeit, we are seeing a more relaxed dress code and style of dress in public these days. The question looming, however, is why someone would leave their home in such a state of undress.
Is the person seeking attention? Is the person who is in various stages of undress in public places even aware they are not dressed properly to be in public? Is the person making a statement regarding their own self respect?
We seem to have come a long way from the directive our mothers gave us when they insisted we never go out in public without clean underwear for fear there would be an accident, and the people would see that we had on dirty underwear. There was a time when we were told that entertainment — movies, television shows, concerts — mirrored society and the morals of the people. We have seen in recent years a flip-flop on that old adage. It seems now we are seeing displayed in public what is shown on the television shows, movies and the dress (or lack thereof) of the entertainers in concerts.
There are decency laws needing to be enforced in more than just the venues of entertainment, it seems. A trip to any enclosed shopping mall reveals more than the bargains of the day with what some people, male and female, are choosing to wear in public. With the availability of cameras imbedded everywhere today, there is no way I can believe that people are unaware that the choice they made of clothing for the day will simply go unnoticed.
We must ask, “What has happened to self respect?” There should be an alarm somewhere inside of a person with an indicator of the appropriate clothing to place on one's body in public. At one's private home and in the proper leisure activity there is an acceptable relaxed dress code. From where I stand, in public places modest clothes reflect the best character.
Has our public dress code become indecent? Tell us in comments.
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