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Forum topic by CharlieM1958 posted 04-15-2013 04:28 PM 2642 views 0 times favorited 60 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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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"

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#1 posted 04-15-2013 04:42 PM

Agreed. The thing I struggle with is that this has been “in style” for 20 friggin’ years. I thought styles changed. This one was bad then, and hung on too long

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#2 posted 04-15-2013 04:43 PM

Charlie, the clowns that dress that way tend to belong to the gangsta genre, and many have tendencies to criminal activity. They make great clips for “World’s Dumbest” when they attempt to run from the police. A co-worker ran down one of the idiots a couple weeks ago. The run down was actually about a five step chase after the perp fell flat on his face.

I say let them wear those pants. They are too stupid to figure out that they impede mobility and make them easy catches for the police. Win/win for everyone.

-- Mike

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#3 posted 04-15-2013 04:44 PM

I’ve agree, I hate those saggy pants.

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#4 posted 04-15-2013 04:49 PM

I agree they look dumb and my son wears his low around his hips too. But as I get older and am gradually losing control over the way I look, I don’t think I have the right to tell someone how they’re wearing their pants.

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#5 posted 04-15-2013 04:54 PM

I am highly entertained by this. I do get a chuckle when I see someone dressed in this attire, and the time it takes to maintain the look (holding on to the waistband cracks be up).

I do think its wrong to try and legislate against poor taste. Any governing body spending time discussing issues about “what people are wearing” obviously have way too much time on their hands.

-- Nicky

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#6 posted 04-15-2013 04:55 PM

Charlie: Trust me this is a passing fad. There is no way that one of these dudes can chase down a lass that they want. If you just believe a little in evolution, you can understand that this is a dying thing. If you can not catch the girl you can not reproduce.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#7 posted 04-15-2013 04:58 PM

Gag a Maggot. That and baseball caps on backwards. These items do, however, warn the sane to stay away.

-- Jerry

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#8 posted 04-15-2013 05:03 PM

Good point, madts. But if it is an evolutionary thing, none of us will live long enough to see the problem resolve itself. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 04-15-2013 05:05 PM

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.


-- Greg D.

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#10 posted 04-15-2013 05:08 PM

I agree Charlie. I hate the pants thing and the hat on sideways, but I dont believe in regulating it. I was one that had long hair (still do) in the 60s and 70s, wore the latest bellbottom and flare slacks and my parents thought I looked crazy, and maybe to that generation I did, but the people trying to regulate dress are the same idiots that are trying to regulate food and guns.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#11 posted 04-15-2013 05:24 PM

Can I add popped collars to the list. My wife teaches at a high school, and I’m frequently out there helping with one thing or another, and I see the pants, hats, and collars all the time. I know it’s intentional, but I make a point to say “Hey kid, your hat’s messed up.” and if they give me a look I just add something like “I just figured you’d appreciate somebody letting you know, rather than letting you walk around looking like you’re 16 years old and still struggling to properly dress yourself.”

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#12 posted 04-15-2013 05:44 PM

You cant fix STOOOPID!

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#13 posted 04-15-2013 05:48 PM

I usually try to stay away from non-wood topics but this one got to me.
The reason this “fashion” bothers me is the reason it exists at all. It is related to gangs but its the incarcerated type. Prisoners will wear their pants this way to show other prisoners that their arse is available. It saves the headache of getting beat up and raped so that the prisoner with power can get right to the rape.
Non-convicts that wear pants this way have no idea what it is they’re saying when they do this. I’ve had to explain this to a couple of my daughters friends and once they understood I have never seen them with their “pants on the floor” again. And no we can’t pass laws telling people to use their brains.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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#14 posted 04-15-2013 05:52 PM

It seems to be less frequent the last couple years, but it sure is a fashion that has hung on longer then their pants can stay up…

I think cities regulating is weird too…schools, yes, as a high school teacher fashion is definitely a distraction at times (or lack of fashion)...I think the key is role models…there are not enough role models telling these “kids” (they are not all kids) how stupid they look.

Peer pressure sucks.

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#15 posted 04-15-2013 06:03 PM

Matt: Yes, to be clear, I have no problem with reasonable dress codes in schools.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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