Are they serious? Has this society really sunk to the lowest common denominator where our government has to consider making laws to punish people who show their underwear? Apparently, the city of Atlanta is considering doing just that. According to an Associated Press article
Baggy pants that show boxer shorts or thongs would be illegal under a proposed amendment to Atlanta’s indecency laws. The amendment, sponsored by city councilman C.T. Martin, states that sagging pants are an “epidemic” that is becoming a “major concern” around the country.
Really? An epidemic of major concern? Apparently this councilman has never raised a teenager! Or if he has, he’s sent him or her off to prep school in a turtleneck body suit. The last “epidemic of major concern” I was aware of was AIDS, SARS, and stopping genocide in Rwanda. And now we are raising peoples’ underwear to such high classification. Maybe we need Joan Rivers to be the Chief of the Fashion Police in Atlanta. Personally, I don’t mind catching a thong slip every now and then.
According to the article
“Little children see it and want to adopt it, thinking it’s the in thing,” Martin said Wednesday. “I don’t want young people thinking that half-dressing is the way to go. I want them to think about their future.”
That’s because if people see your underwear, apparently you have no future. Apparently, the ordinance would bar women from showing the strap of a thong beneath their pants and prohibit them from wearing jogging bras in public or show a bra strap. Wow! Women of Atlanta unite and organize a rally of thong and bra burnings a la the 1960’s!!!
But doesn’t this ordinance really beg the question about First Amendment Freedoms and censorship by our government? Cary Wiggins, my good buddy in Atlanta, I hope you are on top of this!! (Check out his blog here). I just don’t see how this ordinance will ever stand scrutiny. We live in a society where our clothes define us. We are saturated by advertisements of how to look more handsome or beautiful. I have to wear a suit to court to show respect for the bench. I have an image that I want to portray about myself and that differentiates me from everyone else. For gawd sake, if I want to protest in the nude, thanks to Marc Randazza and his firm, I can. If I chose to, why couldn’t I express myself by letting my boxers hang out? Actually, when I was a kid I think I did. If any of you recall, there was the whole OP (Ocean Pacific) movement in the early 80’s thanks to Jeff Spicoli of “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” fame where kids wore their boxer shorts hanging out the bottom of their shorts. This isn’t any different.
Personally, I can’t stand the look and I think that it makes an individual lose credibility and creates stereotypes. But so do pocket protectors. But to outlaw it?? Seriously, just let these kids be kids for goodness sake. Just do what I do and tease them in public that their pants are falling down. They will grow up at some point. And someone tell C.T. Martin that he needs to find something better to do with his time.