Louisiana May Ban Low-Slung Pants

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    baton rouge, la. (ap) - 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 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 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. "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 ..."

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  2. 39 Comments

  3. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    So what are pregnant women supposed to do, go for the Fred Murtz look (pants pulled up to the chest)?
  4. by   SharonH, RN
    Just what we need, somebody elses' pious morality thrust upon us, once again. Don't the cops in LA have enough to do without trying to enforce this stupidity? The community's outraged over this ??? It must be a slow day in their community.
  5. by   Spidey's mom
    It is a silly thing to write a law about, granted. But it isn't someone's pious morality . . .it is, for me, simply being sick of seeing some adolescent boy with the back of his baggy jeans below his buttocks attempting to walk across a room without tripping. The point is to shock of course . . all kids manage to pick some way to do that to their parents.

    Then of course they get mad when you do look . . like you aren't supposed to notice their arse is hanging out . . . and the funnier thing is they are wearing a belt!

    Funny story . . .

    steph
  6. by   smk1
    ok now i too am sick of seeing thongs hanging out the back of 14 yr old girls low riders, however aren't there enough problems in this country, state, city , county even for lawmakers to address? this is plain ridiculous!
  7. by   Spidey's mom
    Not just the thong and low cut pants . . .what is the deal with girls and grown women wearing low cut pants who cannot pull the look off? My husband and I sat at the mall recently and there were some girls and women with tummies and hips that overflowed the top of the jeans and I don't get it - it doesn't look good. Like the guys who wear their jeans BELOW their beer belly.

    I wonder if the law includes guys who bend over and moon the whole world?

    steph
  8. by   Energizer Bunny
    It shouldn't be a law, period. Undies look just like bathing suits...what's the difference? Our nation has turned into a bunch of prudes. I still don't get why women can't go topless...well, yeah I do get it...because men lust after the stupid things, even though they were not made for their pleasure. They were made to feed our young and people get outraged when we do that in public too!
  9. by   smk1
    Quote from stevielynn
    Not just the thong and low cut pants . . .what is the deal with girls and grown women wearing low cut pants who cannot pull the look off? My husband and I sat at the mall recently and there were some girls and women with tummies and hips that overflowed the top of the jeans and I don't get it - it doesn't look good. Like the guys who wear their jeans BELOW their beer belly.

    I wonder if the law includes guys who bend over and moon the whole world?

    steph
    too bad for those construction workers and plumbers if this bill gets passed! i agree about those who don't quite have the figure to pull off som of these outfits as well (but i know they have the right to wear it but i can't imagine being out of shape and wearing some of these clothes :uhoh21: )
  10. by   SharonH, RN
    Quote from stevielynn
    It is a silly thing to write a law about, granted. But it isn't someone's pious morality . . .steph

    Oh but it is..... The representative doesn't want to see someone else's skin(his words), the bill is being tacked onto the state's "obscenity" law(who decides it is obscene?) and supposedly the community is "outraged". I'm sick of seeing people wear sandals without pedicured toes but that's their right. I'm not going to write my state representative about it and demand that a law be written. This reminds me of a representative here in GA who just recently wrote a law outlawing the piercing of female genitalia because he didn't think it was right. Who does this chump think he is?
  11. by   nekhismom
    My first thought was "violation of the first amendment"

    I think it's garbage. SUre, I'm sick of seeing butts everywhere, but it can't be made in to a law. That's just TOO far.
  12. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    The only way i can see low-slung pants as "speech" is if it's a statement such as "hey look at my *** crack at the top of my pants".

    (And i doubt that when the first amendment was written that this was on the minds of the authors.)
  13. by   nekhismom
    Quote from LPN2Be2004
    The only way i can see low-slung pants as "speech" is if it's a statement such as "hey look at my *** crack at the top of my pants".

    (And i doubt that when the first amendment was written that this was on the minds of the authors.)
    Yeah, I know LPN, but that's what came to mind. Especially with all of the other extensions of freedom of speech that we have seen lately. Everybody always argues that this or that and the third is a violation of their first amendment rights....why not this, too???

    Regardless, I think it's too much.
  14. by   Spidey's mom
    I think everyone agrees it is a silly law. Laughable. Marie is right though, not First Amendment material.

    But, I have to say again that seeing kids with their jeans DOWN BELOW THEIR BUTTOCKS is maddening to me.

    Just as I guess they can wear what they wish, I have a right to be completely irritated by it.

    steph

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