pull your pants up young man!

seems like someone on the atlanta city council has an idea for some new legislation to help with the crime wave; requiring young men to pull up their pants.

from the ajc this morning comes this:

Exposed boxer shorts and thongs would be illegal in any public place in Atlanta if the City Council approves a proposed amendment to the city’s indecency laws.

The target is young men who wear their pants low off their hips to show off the two pairs of boxers they wear beneath their saggy pants, said Atlanta Councilman C.T. Martin, a college recruitment consultant who sponsored the ordinance. Saggy pants are an “epidemic” that are becoming a “major concern” in cities and states around the country, the ordinance reads.

well, shiver me timbers, that ought to make things better. of course to ensure that the law is properly enforced, we will also need to go after girls whose low-cut jeans often show off coin slots.

okay, while i think this may be some of the silliest legislation ever proposed, i do appreciate the sentiment behind it as councilman martin is quoted as saying:

“Little children see it and want to adopt it, thinking it’s the in thing,” Martin said Wednesday. “I don’t want young people thinking that half-dressing is the way to go. I want them to think about their future.”


makes some sense to me, but i think a dress code is probably not going to fix that.

predictably the aclu was quite upset by this:

Under the proposed ordinance, women also couldn’t reveal the strap of a thong beneath their pants. Nor could they wear jogging bras in public or show off even a wisp of a bra strap, said Debbie Seagraves, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia.

seagraves continues in the article:

“This is a racial profiling bill that promotes and establishes a framework for an additional type of racial profiling,” Seagraves said.”

no wait a second debbie, either the law bans thongs and jogging bras; not exactly hip-hop fashion accesories, or it targets young black men. you can’t have it both ways.

duplicitous aclu arguments aside, this is a pretty silly idea and one i expect has about as much shot of passing the atlanta city council as i would have being elected to it.

9 Comments so far

  1. George Burdell (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2007 @ 10:17 am

    Nice coin slot reference, but where’s the muffin top shout out? Why can’t we outlaw fat people instead – I find excessive obesity much more offensive than some underoo’s peeking out.

  2. Sourtone (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2007 @ 10:37 am

    Racial Profiling? HA! Obviously if it’s any activity that African-Americans participate in then it MUST be racial profiling.

    Get over yourselves – white kids, hispanic kids and any other kid who allows themselves to be influenced by MTV and pop culture instead of thinking for themselves is dressing like this.

    This law is an attempt to stop really awful styles of dress – not to try and harass any particular racial or socio-economic group. Of course why it’s popular to dress like you’re mentally challenged is beyond me… but then I’m old.

    Of course the ACLU is correct that how you dress, as long as you’re not a danger to yourself or others, is freedom of speech and as such this law will die a quick and stupid death.

    But while they’re at it they should make it a law that you can only wear a ball cap with the bill straight forward or straight back… anytime I see some kid (or worse, adult) with their ball cap at some weird angle like that it makes me want to slap their mother.

  3. d.ortiz (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2007 @ 12:38 pm

    I always thought “fashion police” was meant to be ironic.

  4. anonymous (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2007 @ 1:37 pm

    Its a silly proposal, with or without the racial arguments. It would be nice, though, not to sit in oh, say, Sunday school, without looking at, say, “coin slots.” Sometimes even the boxers ride down – women certainly are not the only ones guilty of trying to cram a little too much in their designer jeans.

  5. mary (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2007 @ 3:01 pm

    Crime is up and the police department can’t get its act together, traffic is getting worse every day and straining our city’s crumbling infrastructure, pollution is choking our skies, our public schools graduate barely-literate teenagers who couldn’t locate Iraq on a map to save their lives.

    And THIS is what our city’s government is spending its valuable time and resources on?

  6. Lew Orban (unregistered) on August 24th, 2007 @ 11:52 am

    Its about time someone like you put an end to this freedom of style disgrace of the black population in Atlanta. Baggy pants are something the entire black race should be ashamed of. Your young generation looks and they are acting like losers and the pants point out these facts. This is not a style …this is a negative statement about who your young people are…losers. Imdecent exposure is only a thrill for the flasher and these young people are all flashers and that is why all the prisons allow it…they just have to bend over in prison. They don’t even have to drop their pants to allow sexual abuse by a fellow inmate. Pass the law…end this crap….keep your children in school…..make them real men and ladies….and give them some pride in what they do and accomplish for themselves and your community. Keep up the great work C.T.

  7. SHUNDA (unregistered) on August 24th, 2007 @ 12:58 pm

    Lew, I do admit that it is not attractive to see african american men with there pants hangin off there asses and seeing the ass cracks of our black women BUT we are not the only race that does this. So for you to say the entire black generation are losers is very ignorant on your part. To me you are the LOSER for making that comment but hey everybody is entitled to their own opinion.

  8. JEFF (unregistered) on August 25th, 2007 @ 3:06 am

    Prison-bitch fashion has hit the big time!
    Queens rejoice!
    If these kids only knew how it all started….

  9. roxie (unregistered) on August 25th, 2007 @ 9:44 am

    You said
    “no wait a second debbie, either the law bans thongs and jogging bras; not exactly hip-hop fashion accesories, or it targets young black men. you can’t have it both ways.”

    Yes you can. Is it not banning both sports bras and saggy pants?

    But I agree with Mary, “THIS is what our city’s government is spending its valuable time and resources on?”

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