Can I get a job if I have pink hair?

As I said before, writing my thesis was not my first time doing an extensive reasearch on one-on-one basis. It actually started when I was in my second year of Šugla, school for street theatre and I was thinking about performing a one-man (or let’s say woman) show.

In our country (and definitely not exclusively) we still have a huge problem with people, who do not “subordinate to regular norms” (i.e. having tattoos, piercings, brightly coloured hair ect.). And when I say problem, I mean it is troublesome for people to understand those “outcasts” are completely “normal” folk, who are not necessarily ex-prisoners or drug addicts. And this unyielding behaviour of (most of) the “conventional” individuals is visible on every corner. /Negative/ thinking, which should go hand in hand with economic development, is getting even worse; every day I see more and more evidence of racism, homophobia and xenophobia, which, in normal circumstances, should be already wiped-out. Also egoism and self-importance occupy the first spot in the concepts that are ruling the present.

And that is the thing I experienced on my own skin some time ago, so for my street theatre piece I decided to research the connection between external appearance of a person and its “inwardness”. Is the outward appearance really so significant, that everyone can judge us, behind our backs or directly to our face? Does a man, who is dressed in colourful clothing, deserve more respect than the one, dressed in all black? Does someone, whose hair is bright pink colour, doesn’t deserve help just because of this fact? Is an abundance of make-up a circumstance of this person’s instability? Is the predicament for it a subculture? 

You can get the simplest answer to all these questions if you examine different subcultures through time. How does an individual’s dressing style affect the surroundings, even though it could only be the latest fad?

I really wanted to find out where is the boundary between a subculture and ethics of a man. So I did an experiment where I dressed myself in various clothing and went to the different locations in the city. I personified four different characters: a raver, a gothic chick, a woman from the farm and myself. I was carrying a box of Legos and “tripped” from time to time. Legos of course scattered all over the ground and I started to pick them up, waiting for someone to help me. I also had incognito photographers to document the action. And I don’t think I have to tell you which of my characters got the most help from passers-by … Moreover, I really wasn’t surprised, just disappointed in the human race.

Above all, because there is still so much differentiation, even at our schools and especially at the work place. So I started thinking I could look into this subject a bit more. Maybe I should make another experiment, while looking to get a job as a curator in different galleries? I always wanted to have bright red hair and tattoos, as my opinion on the matter is, it is completely personal and you should not get exposed because of it. This is your personal style, your being .. it is YOU. And why should it mean that one is a worse worker and a person, just because one knows how to express him/herself??

Would the gallery rather take a completely “blank” person as their employee, or me, an artistic one with visible personality? Why should I be worth less just because of my appearance? And why is this world still so freaking conservative?!?

I don’t know if I have “balls” to get into this research, but as I am in another country, I think it would definitely be possible. And also it would be fun to investigate the UK’s culture and perspective on this subject. Maybe I will make this my thesis, who knows …

And I will need to read some books first to get really acquainted with the theory that already exists. I should start with these:

Driver, J. (2006) Ethics: the fundamentals. Oxford: Blackwell Pub.
Garland, J., Chakraborti, N. and Hardy, S. (2015) ‘It Felt Like a Little War: Reflections on Violence against Alternative Subcultures. Sociology, 49 (6): 1065-1080.
Hebdige, D. (1988) Subculture: the meaning of style. London: Routledge.
Mackie, J.L. (1977) Ethics: inventing right and wrong. Pengiun.
Roberts, D. (2015) Modified People: Indicators of a Body Modification Subculture in a Post-Subculture World. Sociology, 49 (6): 1096-1112.

 

LIST OF PHOTOGRAPHS:

  1. featured image: personal archive
  2. Nejc Sedeminosemdeset (2016) Tattoo ⌈photograph⌋ Available from: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1255117651217057&set=a.1089804891081668.1073741848.100001565034793&type=3&theater ⌈Accessed 8 October 2016⌋
  3. Petteri Kaniini, Piercings ⌈photograph⌋ Available from: https://uk.pinterest.com/pin/474144666990735640/ ⌈Accessed 9 October 2016⌋
  4. Getty, Pink hair ⌈photograph⌋ Available from: http://metro.co.uk/2016/02/22/15-things-only-people-with-bright-hair-understand-5691915/ ⌈Accessed 9 October 2016⌋
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  6. Snooki ⌈photograph⌋ Available from: http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-worst-dressed-celebrities?var=3&utm_expid=16418821-248.QJGkSDkwQvq0W_x5HvdYsQ.2&utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.co.uk%2F ⌈Accessed 9 October 2016⌋
  7. Steampunk fashion ⌈photograph⌋ Available from: http://weheartit.com/entry/79204768 ⌈Accessed 9 October 2016⌋
  8. Punk women ⌈photograph⌋ Available from: http://javitas.info/files16/punk-women.html ⌈Accessed 9 October 2016⌋
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