In some ways Mike fits right in with the rest of the cast. He’s not a big rules guy. At the very least he’s willing to entertain the idea that some rules are not as important as others. He must be aware, on some level, that no one else is bothered, particularly, by Nina’s compulsive desire to show off her belly. What causes this character trait in her is a mystery even to me. I suspect she just likes being young, fit, and attractive. having only ever been 1 of those things I am forced to imagine what it must be like. It’s probably a pretty cool way to be.
For my part I understand the logic behind the dress code. I know all the why of them, but still resisted as much as I could. As a fat dude that never ammounted to much more than looking slightly terrible, in the way that fat people do that have basically given up on life. Totally self serving. Over the years I certainly worked with people of both genders that rode the line of the dress code, and a few that were openly in contempt of it. I only ever ever enforced a dress code personally once. I had to work closely with a female crew member who had decided that her breasts needed sun that day. A lot of sun. Almost all the sun. It made me genuinely uncomfortable and I asked that she put them away so long as I was present. That said I didn’t make it a federal case.
When I was in retail sexual harrassment was a constant threat, particularly for male staff, and pretty openly used as a tactic by female members of staff to get managers fired. Managers who had committed no offense. That doesn’t mean harrassment didn’t happen in other cases, it did, but just as a weapon can be missused so can a rule. We have not perfected this particular safety system, an honestly, shy of some kind of mind reading device being created, we never will.