|Forum topic by CharlieM1958||posted 04-15-2013 04:28 PM||1707 views||0 times favorited||60 replies|
04-15-2013 04:28 PM
Okay folks, this is totally non-woodworking, but it’s something that’s been on my local news lately, and I’m interested in other people’s thoughts on this issue.
We’re probably all familiar by now with the sagging pants fashion statement, right? You know… where the guy’s shorts are barely clinging to his upper thighs and the top six inches of his boxer shorts are exposed? These dummies have to waddle around with one hand holding up their pants just to keep them from falling around their ankles and tripping them.
Well, it seems as though the citizens of several municipalities are just so outraged by drooping pants that they have actually passed ordinances specifically prohibiting this manner of dress. They cite “obscenity” and “indecency” as justification for these laws. I find this very odd considering that a) 99.9 % of the people who dress this way aren’t actually exposing any flesh at all, and b) if they were exposing flesh, there are already laws on the books covering that.
Bottom line for me? I personally think the saggy pants are ridiculous, and anyone dressing that way looks like a fool. However, I’m bothered way more by the thought that we can actually pass laws governing how people dress in public. I always thought, in a free country, you have the right to look stupid if you want to. To me, this is the same as if old farts in the 60’s had passed laws about how long a man’s hair could be. Most of us wouldn’t have stood for it.
What say you?
-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"