I love when the DP Challenge covers something I just wrote about – like here …
Right after I’m done listening to David Bowie’s “Fashion”
– I’m gonna rant a little bit.
About the Clothing Police –
Are we ready? Good – let’s get to it.
Recently, I read an article about how overjoyed a lot of folks in Texas were because a couple of the McDonald’s were banning people from coming in with ‘sagging pants, excluding toddlers aged 3 and under’ (but not man-babies). Even the commenters, who you can usually count on to show a particularly ugly shade of derision and disagreement, were funneling their hatred towards a resounding “Huzzah” for this ban.
It kind of alarms me – who cares if someone wants to walk with their pants down below their butts? They’re the ones that look like that; not me – so why would I care? And so vehemently? One person claimed it ‘disrespected women’. I’m not sure I agree. As long as their body parts are inside their boxers, why is that disrespectful to me? It’s not ME wearing it. I am in no way involved or affected by their clothing choices.
I don’t like that people are so quick to ban clothing in places and we are all so happy about it – it doesn’t hurt ANYONE if someone is wearing saggy trousers. It’s really about targeting a subculture within our society that people may not like and making ‘rules’ that subversively exclude them under the guise of some sort of clothing police. Why is it that we can wear boxer shorts as shorts but as soon as there is a pair of pants over the boxer that show it’s horrifying? I wear thermal underwear under my skirts in the wintertime and EVERYONE can see them. And as far as I know, all those people survived. I don’t much care about seeing people’s underwear.
And then it gets crazy
While some schools and businesses have sought to slap bans on other clothing, such as leggings,skinny jeans, and T-shirts with offensive slogans, saggy pants are the most commonly targeted piece of attire. In Texas alone, entire malls have banned people from wearing them, as has the Fort Worth, Texas, public bus system. Recently, more than a dozen Houston-area apartment complexes have instituted a fine of $100 or even eviction for renters who wear saggy pants on the properties.
Ok so now imagine that the next things banned are rainbow logos, Yarmulkes, bra straps, YOGA PANTS – and you now have to pay a FINE or you might be EVICTED from your apartment because someone decided they didn’t like you because you’re not heterosexual or you’re Jewish or they think you dress trashy, or you’re over 34 (Ok, I’m joking about the yoga pants, obviously…maybe).
In my opinion, banning fashion trends in public places – no matter how stupid – are pretty much opening the door for allowing a wide range of discrimination in the future. It reminds me of the famous quote by Paster Niemoller
“First They Came for the Jews”
By Pastor Niemoller
First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.
These kinds of bans, to me, are just history repeating itself. But there’s a solution – a way to break the chain without resorting to bans…
Don’t like saggy pants? Don’t wear saggy pants. Easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy.