Monday, September 29, 2008

ALERT! The Fashion Police are Coming!

Okay, while I was watching the MTV music awards, I couldn't help but stare in curiosity at Lil' Wayne and his *very* low riding baggy jeans. Now, I like baggy jeans. In fact, as a man who is quite thin, I like to wear pants that don't overemphasize my thinness. This is not to say, however, that I want to swim in them.

There are a number of cities in the United States that are cracking down on low riding and saggy pants. The rationale here is that is is indecent to see someone's underpants - seemingly with the idea that undergarments are indecent or equivalent to one's private areas. Fines and potential imprisonment are the penalties.

It is obvious that the fashion of low-riding and saggy jeans represents a direct influence of hip hop culture on today's society. In turn, hip hop culture is influenced by prison culture where the baggy jeans represents a one-size-fits-all policy in institutions where belts are not allowed (to protect the inmates).

The question that arises from these "fashion laws" is that many find it unconstitutional. So, I pose the question to you. Do these laws violate the individual rights of the accused? Should people be allowed to wear whatever they want? Be sure to discuss with your rationale and reference to the material provided.

Some articles to read on this topic....

Low Rider Pants Won't Fly in this Louisiana Town

Blog response to the Louisiana Issue

Do Saggy Pants Laws Violate Rights?

Fashion Police in Flint, Michigan

Here is Lil Wayne in action - Check out those pants!

Let's see what Brigitte thinks.....

1 comment:

Ee-neZ NHB said...

In my opinion, I think that people should be able to wear what the please, after all, it isn't your life to control, right? I think that if someone wants to be in constant fear that their pants will fall down in the middle of anything, then let them be. I personally don't LIKE pants that are too low-riding, but just a bit is ok, i guess. I think that there should be no law telling people what they can and cannot wear, because that would be just like taking away someone's freedom of speech. Taking away they way they dress could also cause some major rebellion.