Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Saggy pants - the biggest problem in South Dallas? On NPR this morning there was a piece on Dallas Deputy Mayor Dwayne Carraway's campaign to get men to pull their pants up above their boxer shorts. So, is this a waste of time and a potential First Amendment issue, or a needed wake-up call to the low-panted?
Throughout history there have been clothing trends that have offended people. Zoot suits and mini skirts have had their time to scandalize. Since men have been wearing their pants like this for more than 15 years* though, why the campaign now? Even if low pants annoy Carraway and to Dooney Da' Priest, who just recorded "Pull Your Pants Up," (listen here), who is being harmed by low pants? I suppose if you get all tangled in your pants and trip you could hurt yourself, but that seems unlikely. Theoretically, really low pants could entangle passer-by, creating a domino effect throughout the shopping districts of South Dallas wherein many people are comically knocked over, but that has to be a long shot. Let's get back to important issues, like whether Britney has visitation rights this week.
Update - I called my dad, who was a high school teacher in an urban district for 30 years, to see if he could recall an incident of any kind related to people wearing low pants. As one could guess, there weren't any. He did say that in his experience "Dress codes in general are a loser, and trying to be the style police doesn't work." So there you go.
*I'm dating myself, but when I started junior high in 1990, there were guys wearing....wait for it....really low pants.