It has been my (merely anecdotal) experience that people who have been exposed to habitual violence are often very reluctant to wear a certain sartorial item: the tie.

Now I suppose the best explanation for this might be that the kind of people who are exposed to habitual violence most often are the kind of people who would be reluctant to wear ties anyway, but in talking to people about this I’ve often had the impression that their main concern was defensive; they were less concerned about wearing clip-on “ties” for example. So I thought this article about schools in the UK switching to clip-ons was interesting.

Full personal disclosure: I had to wear a tie at school and I have the evidence to prove it (although apparently I hadn’t got the hang of the Windsor knot yet – mine is the straggly one on the far right in the second row from the top.)