As I drove home from work Friday, I spotted a group of a dozen or so boys who were all wearing skin-tight, white jeans. I wish I had taken a photo of them crossing the street in front of my car, strutting along the roadway like the Beatles, their heads down, their facial expressions serious. I’m used to seeing baggy jeans on guys, but skin-tight jeans? Not so much. Tight jeans, baggy jeans — they’re all about freedom of expression.
But some cities are stripping this freedom from people. Some towns in Louisiana have banned people from wearing saggy jeans, and other cities throughout the U.S. are considering following suit. As The New York Times reports, these cities are claiming that baggy jeans pose a threat to the public because they encourage the exposure of one’s private parts in public. Sounds like an unfair claim considering most guys wear boxers that cover everything when they wear their pants down low.
The Times article says:
“Since June 11, sagging pants have been against the law in Delcambre, La., a town of 2,231 that is 80 miles southwest of Baton Rouge. The style carries a fine of as much as $500 or up to a six-month sentence. “We used to wear long hair, but I don’t think our trends were ever as bad as sagging,” said Mayor Carol Broussard.”
Who is to say saggy jeans are worse than long hair on guys or tight, white jeans? Louisiana’s ban on baggy jeans reeks of discrimination, considering “the wearers are young, predominantly African-American men” who are following a craze that became popular with hip-hop rappers in the ’90s. I’m curious to see if this saggy pants ban spreads. I hope 10 years from now, I’ll still see groups of boys crossing the street wearing skin tight jeans, accompanied by a group of saggy jean wearers.
Along the same lines, I wonder if people consider this video to be discriminatory…
What do you think?