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Cracking down on saggy pants

June 11, 2013 - Jodelle Greiner
Wildwood, N.J., is “crack”-ing down.

The Jersey shore resort town is set to pass a law Wednesday regulating how people dress on its boardwalk, according to the Associated Press. The law will ban going shirtless, bare feet, and saggy pants. The pants can’t sag more than 3 inches below the hips to the point of exposing skin or underwear.

Mayor Ernest Troiano Jr. said Wildwood has been inundated with complaints from tourists upon whose money the popular beach town depends for its survival, said the AP.

"When you have good families who call you up and say, 'I've been coming here 20 years, 30 years, 40 years and I'm not going to any longer because I'm not going to subject my children or my parents or grandparents to seeing some kid walk down the boardwalk with their butt hanging out,' you have to do something," he told the AP. "I'm not one of the Fruit of the Loom underwear inspectors; I'm not one of the grapes. I don't want to see it."

Speaking as a woman, it is not sexy to watch a guy waddle down the street like a 2-year-old wearing a soggy diaper. When the crotch of the pants is hanging between your knees, it alters your natural gait, and not for the better. Guys, if you want to get a girl’s attention, wear pants that fit your build properly.

I’ve always thought the 4-sizes too-big pants was a stupid fashion statement because it flatters no one, but one thing that I learned from Wayne Parry’s article — and sort of alarmed me — was that “sagging,” as it’s called, originated in the U.S. prison system, where inmates are not allowed to wear belts. It was popularized by hip-hop artists and embraced by youths.

Why in the world would anyone want to emulate violent criminals? And why would they chose a way that was such an eyesore?

Legal experts said in the AP article that Wildwood’s law may not be constitutional and could be struck down. If that’s the case, then let’s hope common sense and good taste prevail in the end.


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