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Law against low cut jeans that show undergarments

post #1 of 19
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I read this article on foxnews.com today http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,117983,00.html ... I'm not a person that wears low rise jeans but I just can't see how someone could even think of making a law like the one proposed. I don't like to see peoples panties but it's their prerogative if they want to show them off by wearing low rise jeans. How is seeing someones undergarment considered indecent? I don't see it as any different than wearing your bathing suit, which are getting smaller and smaller, in public and that is perfectly okay. What do you guys think?


Louisiana May Ban 'Low-Rider' Jeans

BATON ROUGE, La. — People who wear low-slung pants that expose skin or "intimate clothing" would face a fine of up to $500 and possible jail time under a bill filed by a Jefferson Parish lawmaker.

State Rep. Derrick Shepherd (search) said he filed the bill because he was tired of catching glimpses of boxer shorts and G-strings over the lowered belt lines of young adults.

The bill would punish anyone caught wearing low-riding pants with a fine of as much as $500 or as many as six months in jail, or both.

"I'm sick of seeing it," said Shepherd, a first-term legislator. "The community's outraged. And if parents can't do their job, if parents can't regulate what their children wear, then there should be a law."

The bill would be tacked onto the state's obscenity law, which restricts sexual activity in public places and the sale of sexually explicit items.

Joe Cook, head of the American Civil Liberties Union's (search) Louisiana chapter, said the bill probably does not meet the U.S. Supreme Court's standard for the prohibition of obscene behavior under the First Amendment (search).

"What about a woman who is wearing a bathing suit under her garment or she has something like a sarong wrapped around her and it's below her waist," he said. "I can think of a lot of workers, plumbers, who are working and expose their buttocks ..."
post #2 of 19
That is ridiculous

I wear low rise/hipster jeans but I make sure to wear the appropriate undergarments (which come in low rise as well) underneath so that they don't show. (you really only have to worry about it when sitting down). I have noticed people in class that wear the jeans and when they sit down they come down so low you can see their entire bottom half, I hate to see it and wonder what in the world they are thinking, but I can't imagine them being fined $500 or even jail time.
While I do agree that parents should be regulating what their kids wear (just to the extent their not exposing themselves), and that adults should try to dress appropriately for their environment, the law should be concentrating on more important issues. If it is a real issue then I think it should be up to individual places whether it be restraunts, schools, etc. to have a dress code that people need to conform to.
post #3 of 19
Three words: What a joke.

Definitely.... the Louisiana state legislature seems to have nothing else to do.
post #4 of 19
Somebody has too much time on his hands.

But seriously, who is he to decide what is decent and what is not? And I think he'll run into an issue when they try to enforce that law anyway, cause if this was my state and it passed then guess what, I would be wearing them. They could take me to court and prosecute me and I would appeal just as far as I could.

And it made me giggle that he was talking about parent's not controlling what their children wear, I know several mothers that are the ones wearing the hip huggers and baggy pants.
post #5 of 19
Personally, I think that wearing clothing that deliberately exposes your underwear is tacky and trashy. I seriously doubt that this law will fly, though. If tacky and trashy were illegal, a LOT of people would be in jail: Madonna, Dolly Parton, Jean Kasem, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, etc.

There is a woman, at work who wears her jeans too low and her thong too high. This definitely does not belong in an office and DOES violate the dress code. In today's PC climate, though none of the supes want to confront her, for fear of a discrimination lawsuit (she's lesbian).
post #6 of 19
My biggest problem with low-hanging jeans, especially on young males, is not bursting out in laughter when I see them. I've stood behind more than one in a line here and there, and have been tempted to ask them if they knew just how silly they looked! I've seen less and less of that here though.
post #7 of 19
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Originally Posted by Lucia
My biggest problem with low-hanging jeans, especially on young males, is not bursting out in laughter when I see them. I've stood behind more than one in a line here and there, and have been tempted to ask them if they knew just how silly they looked! I've seen less and less of that here though.
They look especially ridiculous when they have their boxers sticking out that they look 'puffy' like they have clown pants underneath.
post #8 of 19
I don't the the bill was introduce with any belief that it will be passed. But rather the politician who introduce it was 'catering to his electorate.' That way he can claim credit for trying.
post #9 of 19
Hmmm...the need to legislate for a dress code.....whatever happenned to Finishing Schools?
post #10 of 19
Last week, I saw a young girl, getting off of a school bus. Her pants were big enough to raise a family in and the waistband was almost down to crotch level. Over this, she was wearing a skimpy tube top. WHO allowed that child to go to school, dressed like that and WHY did the school allow her to stay? MY mom threw a fit, over bell-bottomed hip-huggers (Granny bought them for me). At least, my butt was covered!
post #11 of 19
That's just insane! It'll never pass. Someone obviously needs better things to do! Personally I'd rather see exposed underware then exposed beer guts
post #12 of 19
Oh, great. That's all we need...another thing for people to make fun of the South about. This person obviosuly needs to get a life.
post #13 of 19
I wear low rise jeans but I also buy the appropriate low rise understuff too. I was at target one day with my kids (5 and 7) and the cashier bent over and we got a shot of 3" of thong and crack...My kids laughed and pointed and said she had "grandpa butt"--my dad has problems with his jeans slipping. She yanked her pants up and gave them a dirty look. I was too embarassed to say anything except I'm sorry and tossed a look to my boys.

I do have to pull some of my pants up before I squat down to keep from showing more than I intended to. I'm against the law.
post #14 of 19
I'd rather fine those beer bellied, overweight men/women wearing those pants who sit infront of you in the bleachers. Boy, do you get
post #15 of 19
Hahahaha, I'm one of those overweight men with beer bellies... although in my case part of it is from my meds messing up my metabolism the ones who have any sense of self worth would make sure they don't look like that.

I know I wear an XL but if I can find a shirt that is XXL I will wear that... when I'm driving my taxi downtown Brantford and I see people wearing shirts so small it reveals it.... I agree it's gross. It's why I don't even take my shirt off anymore in the heat of summer.
post #16 of 19
We were at an auction sale last weekend and it was freezing out, wind blowing and minus temps and there was this guy, who was wearing jeans that had slipped half way down, he looked so stupid all I could think of was god, that must be cold .
post #17 of 19
Being the owner of a full-length mirror and having no illusions, I figured out many years ago, that certain parts of my body are NOT meant for public display. Ergo, my pants cover my entire butt and shirts cover my rather too expansive belly. The same thing goes, for my swimsuit.
post #18 of 19
There's one good part of this that you ladies probably never thought of. If you get accosted by one of these young men with the droopy drawers, all you have to do is yank them down and run. He'll never catch you because he'll trip over his own pants.
post #19 of 19
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Originally Posted by RatCatcher
There's one good part of this that you ladies probably never thought of. If you get accosted by one of these young men with the droopy drawers, all you have to do is yank them down and run. He'll never catch you because he'll trip over his own pants.
Very true
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