It’s A “Ring” Thing

School’s chastity ring ban ‘violated religious freedom’

A school has banned a girl from wearing a ring, because, apparently “jewellery was not allowed under the uniform code”.

Ok, it is true that jewellery is almost never allowed under any uniform code on any school. This is not new. It is also true that this rule is almost NEVER followed. So, what’s the big deal?

The ring in question, it turns out, is a so called “chastity ring”. It goes on “ring” finger and looks just like a normal ring. It’s supposed to symbolize your belief of maintaining chastity until marriage. If no one told you what it was, you most certainly would have never guessed it’s meaning. Well, apparently, that’s exactly what happened. Someone important with power found out what the meaning of the ring was, and decreed it had to go. And now the girl has taken the school to high court.

There are several aspects of this story which I would like to take a closer look at.

First and foremost, what pointless thing to make such a huge fuss about!. Anyone would think the ring was the size of a Hulla Hoop. Now, wait, those are the ones you eat. Oh, well, nevermind. The point is, it’s a simple ring. With all the things that kids take to school nowadays!. Piercings in their tongue, lips, eyebrows. Honestly!.

Now, on to the more serious stuff. Why do we all have to be so… serious?. If something in your outfit doesn’t get in the way of your learning, why ban it?. And while we are at it, why is it required that workers all dress up in practically the same way, show no expression, no emotion, nothing?. The answer is obvious and puzzling at the same time: because we are supposed to perform like machines. Male machines, I dare say. We become workers/machines and we don’t look human anymore. Which, I bet, makes it much easier to discard as just as if we were indeed machines.

I won’t go down that road anymore, because it is quite long. My argument is simple: if it doesn’t get in the way of your performance, or learning, leave it. Little children can go to the nursery dress up like superheroes and no one bats an eyelid. Leave people alone to dress up the way they want!

Now, if we MUST have stupid rules that force us all to dress up in the same, then please have the decency to be CONCISTENT. Either say “no jewellery for anyone” or “yes jewellery for everyone”.

And the same thing applies to religion. Students from other faiths are allowed to wear headscarfs, which symbolize their beliefs. Either say “no religious symbols of any kind” or say “yes religious symbols of any kind”. See, the headmaster defended himself but claiming that “the purity ring was not a Christian symbol, and not required to be worn”. My question is, what does HE know?. Few things are as personal as someone’s religious beliefs. And what would happen if the school finds out that someone’s nose ring is a symbol of her or his religion?. Would they go and ban it?



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