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Message Board > Miscellaneous > Baggy Pants Law ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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Date: 8/23/07 11:29 AM

Baggy Pants Law

Just in case you missed this on the news page!

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Date: 8/23/07 12:21 PM

OK, that made me laugh (and cheer inside!) when I read the headline Because I HATE seeing baggy pants on boys or girls!

When my DD's still lived at home, they are 24 and 22 now, I would tell them that ANYONE that came through my front door with a severe sag ran the risk of me 'helping' their pants down the rest of the way Kids pulled up and buckled up when they came to my house, cause they knew I would do it!

However, I was a little taken aback at the following line from the article:
"They would also be prohibited from wearing jogging bras in public or show a bra strap".
That seems like a slippery slope. Well, the whole thing does really, but that especially.

The only jogging bras I have seen in public are faaar more decent than most bathing suit tops. And bra straps??? At least they are wearing one!!!

Just MHO

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Date: 8/23/07 12:46 PM

I also find baggy pants and butt cleavage distasteful.

I also agree wholeheartedly that this IS a slippery slope.

"The proposed ordinance states that "the indecent exposure of his or her undergarments would be unlawful in a public place."

Hmmmm. So is a camisole an under garment?? If the elastic stretches on my bra and slips out the side of my sleeveless top, that's certainly tacky, but indecent exposure??? What about visable panty or bra lines???

What about the 200 pound woman at the amusement park wearing a tube top and lycra shorts? Who could argue that this scene isn't offensive??? Where does it end? Who gets to decide what is undewear and what is outerwear and what's offensive and what's not???

I understand laws prohibiting the public display of certain body parts, but anything beyond that is trying to legislate taste and personal morals.

I think the government should address the MANY more serious issues that we face as a society and NOT delve into superficial issues that are certainly a matter of personal liberty.

MHO.

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Date: 8/23/07 1:03 PM

How did we go from exposed underwear to fully dressed fat people as indecent? Why is an overweight person dressed to have fun offensive? Is it about personal choice, unless you're a fattie?

I'm about 200 pounds, and I do wear lycra shorts, to work out at the gym. I've never considered I might be offending anyone by appearing in public.



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Date: 8/23/07 2:32 PM

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How did we go from exposed underwear to fully dressed fat people as indecent? Why is an overweight person dressed to have fun offensive?


I wear shorts to walk my dog when it's hot, and I have painfully white legs with cellulite. I am certain that someone probably finds that disgusting or offensive to their taste and I don't care.

Many people find rolls of exposed fat distasteful, and it's a free country, they are entitled to that opinion. HOWEVER, I don't think anyone has a right to regulate that or what is or isn't outerwear, etc....

I agree wholeheartedly, we should have the personal freedom to dress in a manner that we each choose as an individual.

To me, baggy pants with the crotch at the knee and underwear and butt cracks hanging out the back are distasteful. I personally feel the same way about many other clothing and style choices that I see people making. Just because I, or anyone else, find an outfit distasteful or offensive, doesn't mean it should be regulated. If a 400 pound guy wanted to wear a Speedo, I think he has every right. Perhaps this is how he chooses to dress to “have fun” and that is his right and his choice. I also have every right to find it very unattractive and even offensive to my personal taste. Then, I can look at something else, right? That is how freedom is supposed to work IMHO.

My entire point is that the government has no business determining what fit or style of clothing is "not offensive". I understand laws that specify that certain body parts should be covered and that certain bodily functions cannot be carried out in public (sexual acts or urinating for example). but anything more than that is an infringement on our personal freedoms.

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Date: 8/23/07 4:15 PM

Amen Jenny.
I find those awful baggy, butt displaying pants and shorts hideous. I also find barely covered teen age girls equally offensive as well as obese people who dress inappropriately (in skin tight clothes) is sure not something I want to see.

However, the government should stay out of how people dress and has no business regulating what people can or should wear.






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Date: 8/23/07 7:43 PM

Thanks Jenny. I think I mostly agree with you. It's easy to feel picked on when you're overweight. I'm sorry if any feathers were ruffled on either side. I might not like it, but I'm not disgusting! And I wear a big tshirt with my lycra shorts to the gym ;)

It's interesting reading the opinions on this topic. In Ontario, Canada, women won the right to go topless (equal rights with men). I've not seem anyone exercise this right, except maybe lying facedown at the beach, but still! So different from the furor over the wardrobe malfunction at the Superbowl...

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Date: 8/23/07 8:37 PM

Aren't these offensive items just clothes? I'll voice my differing opinion. I'm not offended by any of these type of outfits. Unless they are dirty and smell, then I wish the person would wear something else. The tiny country-ville near my home is populated with butt scratching, gut hanging, pants drooping, belly baring, bra strap showing, pierced, lycra wearing, tattooed, and you name it individuals. I've even seen winnie the pooh pjs and slippers on a grown (sane) woman in public. There are also stylishly dressed people in the same places at the same time. I love that no one minds in country-ville, it's simply all good.

The baggy pants law seems like a waste of time, don't the officials have anything else to occupy their minds with on taxpayers' dollars time?

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Date: 8/23/07 8:54 PM

This is a fashion, and like all fads, will eventually be out of fashion. I mean, how can you embarrass the heck out of your kids in 20 years time, if you can't pull out pictures of them in what passed for fashion when they were young?
I don't really get the baggy pants thing at all. Supposedly it started out as a way for gang members to conceal weapons, but it reminds me of the time I went out to a job site wearing coveralls made for a very tall man, with the crotch hanging halfway to the knees. How does anyone walk in those pants? (It certainly isn't possible to climb over cable trays and low pipe racks dressed like that.)
Perhaps these officials are trying to curb gang activity, but banning sports bras along with the pants seems a strange way to go about it. If they get away with that, then men should not be allowed to run shirtless in very hot weather. Perhaps we should all just wear burkas and be done with it.



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Date: 8/23/07 9:33 PM

Karen,

It doesn't matter what a person looks like, someone WILL find it digsgusting, and someone else will find it appealing...

-too short, too tall, too skinny, too fat, too fair, too dark, too much hair, not enough hair, boobs too big, boobs too small, thighs too thick, legs to scrawny, hair to short, hair too long, hair to grey, hair to red, blonde, dark, etc., clothes too loose, clothes too tight, clothes too bright, clothes too sparkly, and so on.......

I grew up the geeky, very short redheaded girl with freckles, and pointy pink glasses. I know what it feels like to get picked on, and I also know the power and freedom of refusing to succumb to it. At this point, I just don't care what "everyone else" thinks. I used to worry about it, but a few years under my belt cured that.

And again, the government has no business regulating our clothing choices. It's just plain stupid.

But it doesn't surprise me. There was that one legislator in NY(?) that tried to introduce a seat belt law for motorcycles.......DON'T get me started!!!

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