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Should Japanese Swimmers Be Allowed to Paint Their Nails?

Should Japanese Swimmers Be Allowed to Paint Their Nails?

If you're in a Tokyo pool, think twice before pulling out your nail polish. From now on, Japanese competitive swimmers could face a lifetime ban from the sport if they dye their hair or have brightly decorated nails. Why? Officials say, "We have had many recent controversies with marijuana in sport and at universities, and this is about swimming taking a stand on its own initiative." The officials also cited similar rules for the US and Australian teams.

In my seventh grade speech and debate class, though, we learned that an appeal to authority isn't the same thing as a good justification, and I'm having a hard time viewing these rules—in any country, the US included—as fair. What do you think? Is this a standard that's necessary to maintain the dignity of the sport, or is it unfairly biased against young women who want to express themselves?

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sunsophia sunsophia 6 years
Since Japan is recognized for their outrageous street fashion, no one ever believes me when I talk about how strict the dress code is within many of it's institutions.
kulikuli kulikuli 6 years
At first i was wondering what this was all about, after reading the full article however it kind of makes more sense to me. Look in most sports you are not allowed to wear jewelry. Also, it doesn't ban all nail polish, it says no brightly colored decorated nails. I know many places here in the US with dress code restrictions over nail polish and hair dye colors at most office jobs, why would it be any different if their job is a sport. They are representing the company like any other employee. Also the nail polish has nothing to do with marijuana use, instead they are talking about the increase of problems they are having such as marijuana use, athletes sneaking into each others dorms etc. So they are tightening restrictions all around. So it does not sound too different from the US rules for me. However, just because it makes sense doesn't mean i agree with it. I think you should be able to express yourself. Especially athletes and performers who don't have office jobs, although i wish everyone could, but i guess society's idea of "normal" will always rule.
kulikuli kulikuli 6 years
At first i was wondering what this was all about, after reading the full article however it kind of makes more sense to me. Look in most sports you are not allowed to wear jewelry. Also, it doesn't ban all nail polish, it says no brightly colored decorated nails. I know many places here in the US with dress code restrictions over nail polish and hair dye colors at most office jobs, why would it be any different if their job is a sport. They are representing the company like any other employee. Also the nail polish has nothing to do with marijuana use, instead they are talking about the increase of problems they are having such as marijuana use, athletes sneaking into each others dorms etc. So they are tightening restrictions all around. So it does not sound too different from the US rules for me. However, just because it makes sense doesn't mean i agree with it. I think you should be able to express yourself. Especially athletes and performers who don't have office jobs, although i wish everyone could, but i guess society's idea of "normal" will always rule.
shoegal1001 shoegal1001 6 years
I swam competitively for years so I somewhat I understand where they are coming from. As competitive swimmers we have to look professional and generally well put-together. When I swam, we weren't allowed to have anything drawn on us at swim meets. Most high school swimmers will write their events with a permanent marker on their wrist or thigh so we can keep track of where we're supposed to be. But there was an incident where one of my team mates decided to write "Go Team!" on her shoulder blades and she got thrown out of the swim meet entirely. So I get where they're coming from, about the swimmers needing to look professional and not like rock starts showing up for a debut. Some sort of standard is necessary, but nail polish is pretty darn mundane...
shoegal1001 shoegal1001 6 years
I swam competitively for years so I somewhat I understand where they are coming from. As competitive swimmers we have to look professional and generally well put-together. When I swam, we weren't allowed to have anything drawn on us at swim meets. Most high school swimmers will write their events with a permanent marker on their wrist or thigh so we can keep track of where we're supposed to be. But there was an incident where one of my team mates decided to write "Go Team!" on her shoulder blades and she got thrown out of the swim meet entirely. So I get where they're coming from, about the swimmers needing to look professional and not like rock starts showing up for a debut. Some sort of standard is necessary, but nail polish is pretty darn mundane...
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
Whatever. How is dyed hair and painted nails be undignified for swimming?? Competitive swimming is about PERFORMANCE, not about one's hair or nails. Besides, most (female) competitive swimmers wear a swimming cap, so the hair is completely covered anyways. Natural hair or dyed hair -- it makes little difference, as it's hidden under the cap during competition. Many male competitive swimmers shave their heads AND wear a cap. And nails are such a non-issue, in my opinion. Like I said, competitive swimming is about PERFORMANCE. These Japanese rules are ridiculous.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
Whatever. How is dyed hair and painted nails be undignified for swimming??Competitive swimming is about PERFORMANCE, not about one's hair or nails. Besides, most (female) competitive swimmers wear a swimming cap, so the hair is completely covered anyways. Natural hair or dyed hair -- it makes little difference, as it's hidden under the cap during competition. Many male competitive swimmers shave their heads AND wear a cap.And nails are such a non-issue, in my opinion. Like I said, competitive swimming is about PERFORMANCE.These Japanese rules are ridiculous.
soapbox soapbox 6 years
*marijuana I so butchered that.
soapbox soapbox 6 years
*marijuana I so butchered that.
soapbox soapbox 6 years
Dyed hair + manicure= a marajuana user? What?
Chrstne Chrstne 6 years
Every country is different, but I find this rule to be extremely unfair and harsh. Honestly, it's just nail polish, sure it's expressing yourself to a degree but it's not like the swimmers are going to be jumping into the pool in hot pink bikini's. It's not like nail polish is some scandalous thing to most people. I see what they are trying to do, keep everything generic and as the above said, "classy".
snarkypants snarkypants 6 years
huh?
snarkypants snarkypants 6 years
huh?
JCP0240 JCP0240 6 years
What does having dyed hair and painted nails have to do with Marijuana? Am I missing something here?
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